Category: mass incarceration

Kite Line- December 14, 2018: Staying in Touch- a Conversation with Leon Benson

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we speak more with Leon Benson, who calls us from inside the Pendleton Correctional Facility here in Indiana. Benson shared his story with us in the past several Kite Line episodes, and now he talks to us about the conditions inside the prison.  Benson demonstrates the… Read more »

Kite Line- November 30, 2018: Leon Benson in His Own Words, Part Two

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we are continuing our talk with Leon Benson, who speaks to us from inside Pendleton Correctional Facility here in Indiana. He’s been inside since 1998, for a murder conviction and he has been trying to clear his name and win his freedom ever since. Benson was… Read more »

Kite Line- September 21, 2018: We Know What We Need to Do- Words in the Face of Repression

This post was originally published on this siteAcross the country, thousands of prisoners are facing consequences for their participation in the national prison strike.  Some are being denied contact with the outside world, others have lost access to hot food.  Others have faced violence.  For many, outside solidarity has meant the difference, like the prisoners… Read more »

Kite Line- October 20, 2017: The Rise of Mass Incarceration, Part Two

This post was originally published on this siteOur news this week focuses on the prisoners who are fighting California’s wildfires for as little as a dollar an hour while actually fighting fires. In total, about thirty-eight hundred male and female inmates are fighting fires in California. They constitute around thirteen percent of the state’s firefighters…. Read more »

Kite Line- October 13, 2017: The Rise of Mass Incarceration, Part One

This post was originally published on this siteThis week we share the first part of a lecture by Elizabeth Hinton delivered at IU on October 12.  In her talk, she traces the creation and rise of mass incarceration as a strategy of America’s ruling class.  Her historical research, which culminated in a book last year… Read more »

Kite Line- August 11, 2017: Prisoner Perspectives on Collateral Damage

This post was originally published on this siteWe start this episode with a message from Angaza, a prisoner in the IDOC system who describes recent unfair changes in prison correspondence and what people on both the inside and outside are trying to do about it. As of April first, the Indiana Department of Correction is… Read more »