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Show #65 Robert King

Robert King Wilkerson is a former member of the Black Panther Party. He spent 29 years in solitary confinement in the Louisiana State Prison aka Angola Prison for a crime that prison officials pinned on him in an effort to neutralize his effective organizing abilities. They planned to keep him in a 6×9 cell for the rest of his life, but he finally proved his innocence and was released in February of 2001. Since his release, King has worked to free two other former Black Panthers, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace, who are still incarcerated at Angola. They were also framed and even though extensive proof of their innocence has been established, both still remain in solitary confinement after 34 years! Collectively, they are referred to as the Angola 3.

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Show #41 (20.03.12) prisons


”Jails and prisons are designed to break the human spirit, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo-obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other.” What are prison’s really like? Charlie Ryder (former political prisoner) and Carl Catamole (Author of HMP A Survival Guide) share with us the experience of prison and what it means for the wider society at large. I mean..does it really honestly prevent crime? How could we do it different?

Listen Now: 20th March 2012 Prisons