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May 25, 19

Kite Line: Migrant Bodies, Uncaring Medicine, & the Lethal Politics of Detention

Long running anti-prison radio and podcast show returns with a new episode on conditions faced by migrants around the country in detention centers.

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Jonathan Inda is a professor of Latinx Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He paints a devastating picture of the detention conditions for migrants around the country, citing in particular an example where medical neglect caused the death of a man held in detention. India’s analysis is important and timely, as the detention crisis produced by the Border Patrol continues to cost the lives of more and more victims.

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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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