Host organization: Center for Media Justice
James Kilgore will lead an effort to advance more effective and less punitive policies on the use of electronic monitoring in the criminal justice system.
Kilgore, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a nationally known writer, educator, and social justice activist. His work has been published in online platforms and academic journals, and he is the author of Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time. He also produced Electronic Monitoring is Not the Answer for the Center for Media Justice and was the keynote speaker at the European Union’s 2014 Conference on Electronic Monitoring and Human Rights. He has appeared frequently in radio and television interviews, and was prominently featured in Ava DuVernay’s Academy Award-nominated documentary 13th. He is also active in the community, as a leader of the Build Programs, Not Jails campaign, and as a co-director of the FirstFollowers Reentry Program. He also conducts coordination and research for the Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice.