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Sep 28, 2020

In this episode, Kim and Brian sit down with James Kilgore, a formerly incarcerated activist, researcher, and author based in Urbana, Illinois. Our conversation addressed a number of issues relating to e-carceration. We pushed back against the idea that electronic monitoring is better than prison and discussed the ways that e-carceration deprives people of liberty. We also talk about e-carceration and COVID-19, the ways that technology is being used by ICE and in pre-trial and post prison, and the ways that geofencing impacts communities. 

James Kilgore is the director of the Challenging E-Carceration project of Media Justice’s #NoDigitalPrisons campaign. He is also the co-director of the First Followers Reentry Program and the author of five books, including Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time (The New Press, 2015).

Find more of James’ work on his website

Follow him on Twitter @waazn1

Episode Resources & Notes

Electronic Monitoring Is Not The Answer: Critical Reflections on False Solutions” by James Kilgore

The End of the Ankle ‘Bracelet?’” by James Kilgore

Chicago Community Bond Fund

National Council for Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Other Books by James:

Sister Mercy's Revenge (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016)

Prudence Couldn't Swim (Switchblade) (PM Press, 2012)

Freedom Never Rests (Jacana Media, 2012)

We Are All Zimbabweans Now (Ohio University Press, 2011)


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Edited by Ellis Maxwell

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Theme music by Jared Ware

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