Category: prison

Kite Line- March 27, 2020: Coronavirus Dispatches From the Prisons

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we continue to air urgent messages from people on the impact of the coronavirus on prisoners around the world and closer to home. We start off with a call from a prisoner at Waupun Correctional, in Wisconsin, where an outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported. We… Read more »

Kite Line- March 20, 2020: COVID-19 Updates From the Inside

This post was originally published on this siteAs the coronavirus pandemic continues to change life on the outside for people all over the world, the prison population stands to suffer immensely in these times. Last week, we spoke to someone in Italy, who described the riots and protests inside and outside the prisons in areas… Read more »

Kite Line- March 6, 2020: Setting Us Up For Failure- Stories of Electronic Monitoring

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we return to the Breakaway Recovery House to share a conversation between Micol Seigel and four of the women who lived there: Hillary, Janet, Britney, and Kelsey. All four women interviewed have been on electronic monitoring at some point. They tell stories about their experiences under… Read more »

Kite Line- February 28, 2020: Juvenile Waived Into Adulthood

This post was originally published on this siteThe Indiana legislature is currently debating SB 449, which would expand the range of situations that would send children to adult court and adult prison.  As of 2017-2018, 69% of the cases where children were sent to adult court involved African American youth.  Under the proposed bill, children… Read more »

Kite Line- February 21, 2020: The End of Policing

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we focus on the history of police in the United States, and the concept of community policing. Alex Vitale, author of the new book, “The End of Policing” shares his research about the origins of modern police, and the inadequate ways that police respond to community… Read more »

Kite Line- February 14, 2020: The Penal System is Bleeding Out

This post was originally published on this siteIn this week’s episode, we start off with a call for action from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. JLS is calling for a new set of actions from August 21- September 9, 2020. After we hear from them, we share the story of Nick, a long-time Bloomingtonian who passed through… Read more »

Kite Line- February 7, 2020: Kites from Khalfani Malik Khaldun and Muti Ajamu-Osagboro

This post was originally published on this siteThis week focuses on call-ins from two prisoners: Khalfani Malik Khaldun in Indiana, and Muti Ajamu-Osagboro in Pennsylvania. First, we hear from Muti. Muti Ajamu-Osagboro is a prisoner currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania. Muti was sentenced to life without parole as a teenager. Despite the fact that the US… Read more »

Kite Line- January 31, 2020: Combat and Incarceration, Part Three

This post was originally published on this siteThis week’s episode ends our series of conversations with Valrice “Whop” Cooper. Whop is the legendary cornerman who learned his craft training prisoners in the Louisiana DOC’s boxing program. For this episode, they discuss how he was punished inside the prison system for standing up for his trainees,… Read more »

Kite Line- January 24, 2020: Combat and Incarceration, Part Two

This post was originally published on this siteThis week continues our set of conversations with Valrice “Whop” Cooper, the legendary cornerman who learned his craft training prisoners in the Louisiana DOC’s boxing program. For this episode, we discuss how he got into the game, the politics behind such programs as the PAL, or Police Athletic… Read more »

Kite Line- January 17, 2020: Combat and Incarceration, Part One

This post was originally published on this siteThis week starts our series of conversations with Valrice “Whop” Cooper, the legendary cornerman who learned his craft training prisoners in the Louisiana DOC’s boxing program. For this episode, we discuss his thirty-five-year prison term that began in 1976 at the age of 17, and how coming into… Read more »