Category: Prisoners

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 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 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- July 12, 2019: Prison in the Climate Crisis

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share an interview with Julie, a researcher who studies the effects of climate change on prisoners.  The conversation was held at last month’s Fight Toxic Prisons conference, and focused on her work on how intensifying extremes of heat and cold impacts prisoners’ health. As this… 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 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 »

Kite Line- June 14, 2019: Summer of Kites 2019

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we have several kites, or messages, from people inside and outside of the prison walls. First, we have a statement that was recorded for us on behalf of Keith Malik Washington, who is housed in a Texas prison. In his statement, he talks about the negative… Read more »

Kite Line- April 26, 2019: Impacts of the Prisoners’ Movement, Part Three

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we finish our conversation between Toussaint Losier and Micol Seigel. This is part three of a series in which we hear Losier, author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement, speak to Seigel about his research while writing his book, in which he builds a cohesive picture of… Read more »

Kite Line- April 19, 2019: Impacts of the Prisoners’ Movement, Part Two

This post was originally published on this siteThis week continues the conversation between Toussaint Losier and Micol Seigel. This is part two of a series in which we hear Losier, author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement, speak to Seigel about his research while writing his book, in which he builds a cohesive picture of the… Read more »