Kite Line: Leon Benson in His Own Words, Part Two

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Kite Line returns with the second part of a discussion with Leon Benson.

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This week, we are continuing our talk with Leon Benson, who speaks to us from inside Pendleton Correctional Facility here in Indiana. He’s been inside since 1998, for a murder conviction and he has been trying to clear his name and win his freedom ever since. Benson was incarcerated at 23 years old, and talks about becoming conscious while on the inside, and shares with us details about the night of the murder, and his ongoing struggles to get Post Conviction Relief.

In addition to talking about being stonewalled by the Indiana court system, Benson talks about the prison industrial complex and its relationship to corporations such as Aramark, Global Tel Link, and more. He also talks about the new Jim Crow, and how race influences mass incarceration. Benson maintains his innocence and continues to fight the system.

You can find out more about Leon’s case at freeleonbenson.org, or write to him at Pendleton Correctional Facility, # 995256.


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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.