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Apr 17, 20

Kite Line: Breaking the Rules to Survive

Long running anti-prison radio show and podcast Kite Line returns with an episode on how prisoners throughout the country are dealing with the coronavirus.

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For this week’s episode, we continue airing messages about the coronavirus from prisoners around the country. You can call in on behalf of a loved one, or they can call in to record a message at (765) 343-6236. This week, we hear from prisoners in Wisconsin, Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio about how the coronavirus is threatening them, and what the government and administration is- and is not – doing about it.

One prisoner in Wisconsin describes the “contingency plan” the guards joke about, stating “that they laughed and said when the virus hits, they will lock us in our cells and drag us out when we die. They think this is a joke.”

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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.

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