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Apr 5, 20

Kite Line: “The Guys in Here are Terrified” – More Updates on the Coronavirus Pandemic in Prison

Long running radio program and podcast Kite Line returns with continued coverage of the spread of COVID-19 in US prisons, jails, and detention facilities.

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Prisoners across the US, and the world, face terrifying prospects as COVID-19 spreads almost uncontrolled inside the prison walls. It’s now or never as they and their loved ones struggle for their release, for adequate sanitation inside, and to self-organize pandemic response in the absence of serious measures by guards and administrators. We hear from prisoners in Waupun Correctional in Wisconsin, two facilities in North Carolina, a reflection from Italy, and from one of Marius Mason’s supporters, who reports that someone on Marius’ unit tested positive and was taken away. We close with an interview with two prison solidarity organizers in Wisconsin, who provide context for both the bungled corona response there, and for how prisoners there are organizing for survival.

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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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