Category: prison

Kite Line- August 16, 2019: Not Better Than Jail

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share a panel that took place last week in Indianapolis. As we heard last episode, Indiana Against E-Carceration has been organizing to educate the public about the issues surrounding electronic monitoring. They are struggling to prevent the grim possibility that sentencing and jail “reforms” set… Read more »

Kite Line- August 9, 2019: Retaliation Against E-Carceration

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share a statement from former political prisoner Ray Luc Levassuer about the recent death of his comrade, Tom Manning. Then, we speak with Micol Seigel about e-carceration, otherwise known as electronic monitoring. Seigel works with the group Indiana Against E-Carceration, who have a series of… Read more »

Kite Line- August 2, 2019: Retaliation 101

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we hear from two people- Faith, who talks to us about the practice of inmate lending- and Jason Renard Walker, who speaks on the retaliation he is facing inside. We spoke to Faith at the Fight Toxic Prisons convergence recently, and she told us about the… Read more »

Kite Line- July 26, 2019: Ona Move- Reflections From a MOVE Family

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we hear reflections from members of the MOVE Organization. Speaking at the 2019 Fight Toxic Prisons convergence, they give their thoughts on the past and current struggles of MOVE family members behind bars.  Mike Africa, Jr., who was born in prison, speaks about the MOVE Organization,… Read more »

Kite Line- July 19, 2019: Fight Toxic Prisons 2019

This post was originally published on this siteThis week we share two presentations from the recent Fight Toxic Prisons convergence. Held this past month in Gainesville, Florida, Fight Toxic Prisons is in its fourth year of an annual conferences that focus on the intersection of mass incarceration and the environment. Our first segment features Jamani… Read more »

Kite Line- May 17, 2019: Prisoners Write, Prisoners Speak

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we air part of a conversation with Brandon Ackerson, a 36-year-old survivor of an 18 year prison sentence in the Indiana prison system. Newly released, he talks about using the skills he learned and honed during life in the DOC, in which he became a successful… Read more »

Kite Line- July 5, 2019: Close Dekalb County Jail

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we spoke with participants in the struggle to close Dekalb County jail in Atlanta, Georgia. They walked us through the launch of the movement there, when prisoners smuggled out photos of horrendous conditions inside, which were posted on social media by family members. Since then, a… Read more »

Kite Line- June 28, 2019: The Case and Current Life of Leonard Peltier

This post was originally published on this siteOver the past year, the political prisoner support movement has won an exciting number of releases, with long-term political prisoners from MOVE and the Black Panthers finally gaining their freedom.  But many other political prisoners remain behind bars, and their supporters are not slowing down.  Leonard Peltier is… Read more »

Kite Line- June 21, 2019: Participating in Strikes on the Inside and Out

This post was originally published on this siteKevin Steel speaks to us about being sentenced to twelve years in prison at the age of 17.  Speaking to us from the 4th annual Fight Toxic Prisons conference- which you can hear at points in the background- Kevin touches on a lot of different topics, including the… Read more »