This week, we continue to air selections from a presentation moderated by Ruth Wilson Gilmore and featuring James Kilgore speaking on his new book Understanding E-Carceration. Speaking from his own experience, he emphasizes that electronic monitoring is another euphemism for the expansion of the carceral net across the globe, enriching corporations and shackling prisoners — often at their own expense — from the US to Palestine to South Africa. He talks about the gender disparities that arise because of the toll that electronic monitoring often takes on family members: people- often mothers, daughters, partners, and sisters- who are tasked against their will with becoming, as Gilmore puts it, unsworn deputies. Gilmore and Kilgore talk about their prison abolition work in both California and Illinois, and Kilgore argues that we must expose the reality of e-carceration and include the struggles of the monitored in the broader horizon of abolition.
Our previous episode with Gilmore and Kilgore can be found here.
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