Category: prisoner

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 »

Kite Line- January 10, 2020: Weed and Seed

This post was originally published on this siteThe Federal government rolled out the weed and seed program in the early 1990s in response to a new wave of urban uprisings. It placed social services under police control, so that cops could first “weed,” (i.e. remove undesirable elements) and then “seed” by distributing resources, following a… Read more »

Kite Line- January 3, 2020: #MeToo in Prison

This post was originally published on this siteOur episode this week finishes the conversation between Rojas, Meg, and Cyrus. Last week, they spoke about the conditions of transgender and gender non-conforming prisoners in the prison system. They continue talking about efforts to support transgender and GNC prisoners inside and outside of the walls. Additionally, they… Read more »

Kite Line- December 27, 2019: Resilient Inside and Out- A Conversation with Gender Non-Conforming Prison Organizers

This post was originally published on this siteOur episode this week is a conversation between Rojas and Cyrus, two advocates with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.  CCWP is an organization that exists, in their words, to “monitor and challenge the abusive conditions inside California women’s prisons. We fight for the release of women and… Read more »

Kite Line- December 13, 2019: Recidivism in the First Person

This post was originally published on this siteFor the first part of this week’s episode- we hear from Onishona. In this interview, she tells us about her experiences with recidivism and problems with re-entry. She also talks about the role books, and specifically how books about mass incarceration, such as The New Jim Crow, shaped… Read more »

Kite Line- November 29, 2019: Breakaway Recovery House

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we visit the women of the Breakaway Recovery House. Located in New Albany, Indiana, this halfway house is the residence for 14 formerly incarcerated women. In last week’s discussion of e-carceration, Breakaway was mentioned as a resource enabling women to transition to life on the outside…. Read more »

Kite Line- November 15, 2019: More Kites from the Inside

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share two messages sent to us from the inside. We hear from Shaka Shakur about the issues he has been facing since being transferred to Virginia from Indiana. Afterwards, we play a statement by Khalfani Malik Khaldun recorded from the inside prior to his 50th… Read more »

Kite Line- November 8, 2019: Inside/Outside Prisoner Solidarity with Willis X

This post was originally published on this siteAfter hearing statements of solidarity with striking South Carolina prisoners, we share stories and reflections from Willis X, a former prisoner of 23 years, who became an advocate for others still inside.  He talks about his false conviction, and eventually winning his freedom after being sentenced as a… Read more »

Kite Line- November 1, 2019: Families Speak Out Against the Gladiator Fights, Part Two

This post was originally published on this siteAs we covered last week, prisoners in California have been subjected to a new and disturbing round of gladiator fights – conflicts between prisoners instigated by guards for their own amusement or to break down solidarity between different groups on the inside.  This week, we continue sharing a… Read more »