Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein 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 ChallengingECarceration.org
Follow him on Twitter @waazn1
Episode Resources & Notes
“The End of the Ankle ‘Bracelet?’” by James Kilgore
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)
Edited by Ellis Maxwell
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Theme music by Jared Ware
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