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Jan 19, 18

Kite Line: Inside the Local Jail

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First off, we include an update from outside supporters of Operation PUSH, the strike in Florida prisons that is now in its fifth day. We will continue to give updates on the situation in Florida’s prisons as they arrive.

After the news, we share the first part of Craig’s story, who was recently released from the Monroe County Jail, after spending two years inside.  We found his observations about life in the jail incredibly helpful for understanding the daily experiences of the sometimes up to 400 men and women held in the local jail, as they navigate fundamentals like medical care, recreation, guards, commissary, and other prisoners.

He shares his positive experiences with the AIR Dorm, which stands for Addicts in Recovery, a program shut down by the jail last year. He also speaks about being a jail trustee, a more privileged, working inmate in the jail’s kitchen. We’ll include more of his observations about Monroe County Jail and other facilities around the state next week.

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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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