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James Kilgore is a father, partner, activist and writer based in Urbana, Illinois. He is a researcher for MediaJustice’s Challenging E-Carceration project and director of advocacy and outreach for FirstFollowers Reentry Program. He is the author of six books, including Understanding Mass Incarceration and Understanding E-Carceration. This article is part of MediaJustice’s Unshackling Freedom project. He spent a year on an electronic monitor after finishing his sentence in the federal prison system.