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Aug 2, 19

Kite Line: Retaliation 101

Long running anti-prison podcast and radio show Kite Line returns with a brand new show.

This week, we hear from two people – Faith, who talks to us about the practice of inmate lending – and Jason Renard Walker, who speaks on the retaliation he is facing inside. We spoke to Faith at the Fight Toxic Prisons convergence recently, and she told us about the practice of inmate lending, where prisons bid for labor in the form of prisoners from other facilities. This practice often leads to prisoners being shipped to facilities to work in locations very far from their families. Interstate prisoner transfers have recently reached Indiana as well, where the Department of Corrections is experimenting with them as a method of isolating prison militants, like Shaka Shakur, who has been sent to Virginia.

After Faith, we have a statement entitled “Retaliation 101” by Jason Renard Walker, who calls in from the Allred Unit in Iowa City, Texas. Again, we apologize for the sound quality, and will provide a transcript of the essay he is reading on our website. He talks about the retaliation and harassment, along with other inhumane conditions he’s been experiencing.

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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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