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Oct 8, 18

Kite Line: Voices of the Formerly Incarcerated, Part One

Long running anti-prison podcast Kite Line presents their newest podcast that includes voices from the formerly incarcerated.

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This week, we hear the stories of three men who share their experiences from years being on the inside. Khalid Raheem discusses his experiences with the Black Panther Party, solitary confinement, and educational options in prison. Carrington Keys talks with us about the Dallas Six case, and how racist prison guards not only failed to care for mentally ill inmates, but encouraged them to kill themselves.

He speaks about Matthew Bullock, whose suicide sparked Carrington and other prisoners to fight back against institutionalized cruelty- making themselves targets. Finally, we hear from Isaac Sanchez, who was also part of the Dallas Six, and describes the brutal retaliation he faced from correctional officers, who kept him in a restraint chair for 20 hours during this period. We will hear more from this panel, which took place at the Fight Toxic Prisons conference in Pittsburgh, in next week’s episode.

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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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