Kite Line: Shine A Light – Tensions Spreading in the Prisons


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This week, we feature two snapshots from fast-developing situations inside the prison system. First, we share an anonymized statement from a prisoner participating in final preparations for Operation: PUSH, the statewide strike inside Florida prisons next week.

Second, we broadcast an analysis by a Michigan prisoner of the recently instated mail ban there, which is strikingly similar to the new censorship regime in Indiana’s prisons. Both these situations have national repercussions, as both prisoners and administrators everywhere watch to see who will prevail and what level of violent repression against inmates will be tolerated by the American public.

As the prisoner in Florida said, “if there’s enough light shining on the situation, they won’t be able to do certain things and get away with it.”

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Kite Line
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.