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This week, we return to the story of Clinton “Boo” Gilkie, who died one year ago – on June 7, 2016 – in the Monroe County Jail.  We discussed the circumstances of his death in our episode 2 weeks ago, and recommend that you to listen this episode of Kite Line for more context.

Our interview today is with TJ, who was in the same dorm as Boo for 10 months. TJ was a friend of Boo’s – and was present in the dorm at the time of Boo’s death.  We hope this offers a little more insight into Boo as a person, and encourage friends and family of Boo to write to us to share more stories.

Boo’s death was premature, and avoidable.  It highlights major systemic problems – including a commissary system that forces prisoners to choose between medicine, food, and other needs.


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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.