We start this episode with our monthly list of prison disturbances compiled by Perilous Chronicle, an journalistic collective that tracks prisoner protests across the US and Canada.

Afterwards, we share the first part of a conversation with people working with Parole Illinois, a group campaigning for a fair and inclusive parole system. In 1978, Illinois abolished discretionary parole system. Today, it remains one of just sixteen states (plus the District of Columbia) without any means for incarcerated people to earn parole. In this episode, we will hear first hand about the impacts of this lack of parole on people inside, and those who have a loved one inside.

You can listen to the second part of this conversation here.

You can find out more about Parole Illinois here.

You can get Perilous Chronicle’s in-depth analysis on current prison struggles here.