Monica Whatley and Bandele [no name given]

Recorded October 16, 2021 Archived October 16, 2021 42:05 minutes
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Monica Whatley (32) interviews her friend, Bandele [no name given] (73), about his incarceration in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Bandele reflects on what he learned during the 33 years during which he was detained, his relationship with the United States, and the systems that contribute to situations like his.

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B explains how he got the name "Bandele."
B shares the story of how he moved from Trinidad to England, and later to the United States.
B shares what it was like being incarcerated in the U.S. criminal justice system for 33 years.
B explains how for-profit prisons incentivize mass incarceration.
B gives advice to activists resisting against the U.S. prison system.
B talks about how his relationship with his family was affected by his incarceration.
B reflects on moving back to Trinidad after living in the United States.
B describes the relationship he had with the guards where he was detained.
B explains how his experience being incarcerated helped him to better understand America.
B talks about how he came of age in New York City.
B and MW reflect on their roots and the places that feel like home.
B talks about how misinformation and fear contribute to inequality and hatred.
B encourages everyone listening to speak out about what is important to them.
B discusses the role his education played in making parole.
B describes his life in Trinidad.
B and MW appreciate one another.


  • Monica Whatley
  • Bandele [no name given]

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