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Nov 7, 19

Kite Line: Families Speak Out Against the Gladiator Fights, Part Two

Long running anti-prison podcast and radio program Kite Line presents the second part of their look at how families of prisoners in California are fighting so-called Gladiator Fights.

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As we covered last week, prisoners in California have been subjected to a new and disturbing round of gladiator fights – conflicts between prisoners instigated by guards for their own amusement or to break down solidarity between different groups on the inside. This week, we continue sharing a powerful conversation with three women whose husbands have suffered from this shocking practice. In addition to supporting their loved ones, these women are also bravely organizing to stop the practice and reverse the punishments hypocritically meted out in the aftermath of these state-imposed battles.

This week, they talk more about the dangers and impacts of these fights, the importance of yard and programming- things that are removed from their loved ones because of the “intermittent release” status they are under, and how to get involved. We applaud these women for their efforts, and hope that hearing both their heartbreak and their resolve can help us all move forward against this inhumane set of conditions.

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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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