From Kite Line
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This week, we are sharing a conversation we had with Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue and American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination. Kristian spoke at IU earlier this month on the history of policing in America, but we were eager to pick his brain about the intersections of police, racism, and prisons. He argues that exceptional instances of torture – Abu Ghraib for example – rest firmly on a daily and banal foundation of normalized torment, mistreatment and violence. This relationship is familiar to us from long letters we’ve received from the Secure Housing Unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and from the deaths in custody quietly covered up in the Westville Maximum Security Unit here in Indiana.

Kite Line
Kite Line is a radio program devoted to prison issues around the Midwest and beyond. Behind the prison walls, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to the guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will bear it farther along till it reaches its destination. On the show, we hope to pass along words across the prison walls.