Category: Prisoners

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- 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- 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 »