Prison Pipeline

Prison PipelineMISSION STATEMENT

Prison Pipeline is a radio program dedicated to educating the public about the Oregon criminal justice system. Our goal is to present a unique understanding of the criminal justice system, address the root causes of crime, and challenge the status quo. We seek to promote awareness and activism in order to foster a safe, healthy, and just society.
Tune in every Monday evening at 6:30 to hear our hosts Karen James, Peter Pincetl, Justin Chapin, Stephanie Guy and Amy Johnson explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests. Hosts rotate weekly. Prison Pipeline's engineer is Danielle Parks.

 
Please feel free to connect with us with any questions, comments or suggestions at kbooppc@gmail.com

 


Episode Archive

2013: the Year the Criminal Justice System Changed?

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
2013: the Year the Criminal Justice System Changed?
This year we saw significant changes from sentencing reform, to drug policy, to how people are treated behind bars. This edition of KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley's Making Contact looks at victories in the struggle to bring humanity to the world’s largest prison industrial complex. 

Reentry Transition Center

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Reentry Transition Center

Peter Pincetl with Doug Cooper and Felton Howard, Jr., Reentry Transition Center.  The RTC helps people successfully transition back to their communities after incarceration.  Over 150 individuals are released from prison into Multnomah County each year.  Former prisoners are often released with little to no assets, limited ties to the community, and lack awareness of services and programs available to help.  For every $1 invested in the re-entry program, the public safety system saves $14.10.  http://www.mercycorpsnw.org/what-we-do/transition-center/

Ban the Box!

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Ban the Box!
Karen James speaks with David, Zack, Cary and others at Right to Dream Too and Sisters of the Road Café about their lives after incarceration and the unfair and unreasonable barriers to housing and employment for people with criminal records.

www.bantheboxcampaign.org

Jeremiah Stromberg, Oregon Dept. of Corrections

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Jeremiah Stromberg, Oregon Dept. of Corrections

Peter Pincetl with Jeremiah Stromberg, Assistant Director, Oregon Department of Corrections, Community Corrections Division, discuss the newly passed HB3194, legislation that made sweeping changes to the Oregon Justice System.

Ending the New Jim Crow-Healing the Justice System

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/18/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ending the New Jim Crow-Healing the Justice System
“Ending the New Jim Crow--Healing the Justice System” panel of community leaders held at First Unitarian Church, Portland, November 5, 2013. Panelists: Jo Ann Hardesty, former state representative, co-founder/organizer of the Portland Campaign to End the New Jim Crow;Shannon Wight, deputy director of Partnership for Safety and Justice; Emanuel Price, executive director of SCAFE (Second Chances Are for Everyone); Kasia Rutledge, attorney, Metropolitan Public Defenders. Moderated by Oregon State Representative Lew Frederick and Rev. Kate Lore.
http://newjimcrowpdx.wordpress.com/

http://www.safetyandjustice.org/

Feminism & Abolition, Angela Davis

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Feminism & Abolition, Angela Davis
Excerpts from Angela Davis’ presentation at the University of Chicago on Feminism and Abolition.  Herman Wallace: Revolutionary; Mumia Abu-Jamal’s message for his memorial.
 
“Prisons are constituted as normal.  It takes a lot of work to persuade people to think beyond the bars and to be able to imagine a world without prisons and to struggle for the abolition of imprisonment as the dominant mode of punishment.   –Angela Davis
 

Washington County Reentry Council

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/28/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Peter Pincetl Hosts
Peter Pincetl sits down with Martha Duncan-Perez, chair of the Washington County Reentry Council, for an annual check in on the progress of this community based group. One of their most important efforts at this point, work around expungement, is really taking off.

TRCI Prisoners Perform King Lear

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
TRCI Prisoners Perform King Lear

Karen James is joined in a one-hour special by Johnny Stallings, Executive Director of Open Hearts Open Minds.  After giving performances at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla, Oregon, Johnny began facilitating weekly dialogues with the inmates.  In 2008, at the prisoners’ request, they began rehearsals for a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Since then, Johnny has produced an annual theatrical performance by TRCI inmates.  Excerpts of this year’s play, King Lear, performed in September, will be heard along with interviews w

Oregon Prison Volunteers

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/07/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Oregon Prison Volunteers

 

Karen James with Judy and Rima, volunteers in the Oregon Department of Corrections who teach Sustainable Gardening Classes donated by Oregon State University Extension Services.  ODOC reports that 2,596 volunteers contribute 400,000 hours annually in Oregon’s 14 prisons throughout the state.  Programs include recovery and faith groups, Canine Companions, Living Yoga, Toastmasters, Writing, Hospice, American Veterans, and many others.  To become a ODOC volunteer, call 541.922.2089

Project SCRUB: Expunging Criminal Records

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Project SCRUB

Peter Pincetl discusses the Oregon Law Center's new Project SCRUB with Benjamin Ybarra. Project SCRUB (Scrubbing Criminal Records to Unlock Barriers) helps low-income residents with arrests and convictions in Washington County expunge their criminal records.

http://www.oregonlawcenter.org/

Project SCRUB 503.640.4115

 

Audio

"Her Song"

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 11/02/2009

“Her Song” by Kathleen O’Shea – “Not one woman but dozens on death row in America today tell their stories of hope and survival.”  This dramatization was presented in Washington DC at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, by the Safe Streets Arts Foundation, Dennis Sobin, Director (an ex-felon who founded the organization to present the creative writing of others—in prison and recently released). We heard songs and stories and shared a glimpse of women on death row.
 

  • Length: 28:57 minutes (26.5 MB)
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EcoNvergence--Tara Herevil

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2009

We presented Tara Herevil’s talk from October 2, 2009 at the EcoNvergence gathering. Tara focused her comments on our theme, “Is the present prison system financially sustainable?”

A REMINDER! It’s not too late to support KBOO with a membership pledge. We fell short of our goal during our pledge drive, so your support would be appreciated.
 

  • Length: 24:01 minutes (21.98 MB)
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Interview with Dennis Sobin

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/12/2009

Dennis Sobin, Director of Safe Streets Arts Foundation, talked about the opportunity provided by his foundation for prisoners to show their creativity. An annual program presented at Kennedy Center in Washington DC includes plays, poems and music by prisoners. We look forward to presenting a few of these plays on future Prison Pipeline programs.

  • Length: 29:03 minutes (13.3 MB)
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Felony Franks

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 09/28/2009

Jim Andrews, owner of Felony Franks told us about his hot dog stand that only hires ex-felons. Everything on the menu at Felony Franks has a name that’s prison related. You can link to Felony Franks and learn more about this innovative business at http://www.felonyfranks.com.

 

  • Length: 22:59 minutes (10.52 MB)
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Terry Stein Interview

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2009

The Prison Pipeline guest is Terry Stein, board member of Seventh Step at Oregon State Prison in Salem. Terry shared her experiences of 11 years of working with programs to help prisoners change their lives and avoid recidivism.

  • Length: 22:41 minutes (20.77 MB)
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Rev. Bob McNeal Interview

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2009

Rev. Bob McNeal, retired minister, author and self-designated bumper sticker philosopher shared stories about his fifty years of working with drug and alcohol addicted folks. His son, at age 20, was convicted of drug related charges, but given a five-year parole sentence. Together, Bob and his son have compassionately worked with young people, hoping to help them avoid incarceration.

  • Length: 27:04 minutes (24.78 MB)
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Prison Labor

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2009
It’s Labor Day, so we talked about prison labor. Tatiana, our guest helped Ruth walk through some of the basic information about prison labor. Ruth also read from essays about working in prison written by folks at Oregon State Prison.

Yoga in Prison

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2009

SarahJoy Marsh, founder of Living Yoga tells about the Yoga programs that her organization teaches in several Oregon prisons.

Breaking the Addiction

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

Six mentors from Bridges to Change focused their discussion on released prisoners who had been addicted to alcohol and/or drugs and now had to meet the challenge of fitting back into society. They all had been incarcerated at one time or another, and recovered from addiction. Several had families—they all wanted a better life and to help others avoid recidivisim.

The MOVE 9 Story

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

August 8th, 1978, The MOVER 9 were arrested for a murder they did not commit, and have been in prison ever since.  In a telephone interview, Consuelo Africa described the event.  After serving 30 years, the MOVE 9 became eligible for parole, however, their parole has been denied.  Consuelo urged us to exert public pressure to release these political prisoners.  She urged us to contact Pennslyvania Governor Edward Rendell, Philadelphia's Mayor and others to support these folks.  For more information you can visit Move's website and/or email onamovellja@aol.com or call 215-387-4107.

  • Title: The MOVE 9 Story
  • Length: 26:46 minutes (24.51 MB)
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Comments

Any Advice?

Hi, I am starting to reach the end of my rope of resources, and I thought I'd try you guys and see if you have some advice or helpful programs for this sort of matter.

I have a close friend who has been on the run for a while (over 2 years). He was arrested and charged with 2 felonies, Burglary and something else similar, for going onto his own property that was supposed to be abandoned. The people who were living there didn't pay rent for over 1 year, were impossible to reach by telephone, notified the landlord twice in person that they were moving. The landlord was getting letters from the city for code violations, and abondonment, he's fairly certain one of both of their main utilities (water or electric) were shut off, mail piled up, mostly empty house, etc. He was on the property one day, removed a couple items, mostly just assessing the amount of work to be done, came back the next day, had been there for a while when the cops showed up. They asked if he had been inside the premises, he said yes, that he felt he was within his rights as landlord, cops said you thought wrong. Everyone, including public defense acted as though this was an open and shut case of guilt, so no research was done to find out if anyone was even living there to be burgled in the first place!!

We don't know what to do now. I thought I would be able to hire a lawyer eventually who could prove this whole thing to be ridiculous, but now I am finding out any lawyer would be minimum $5000, most likely much, much more! I don't understand a system that can charge someone with a bogus crime, and leave them to the wolves. It seems wrong to tell someone that if they don't have $10,000 for their own defense, then they may as well take the charge, do the time, and try to move on with their life. Is there any such thing as a lawyer who cares, and will take a case based more on values than money?

Do you guys have any programs that offer discounted criminal defense lawyers, or know how I can maybe represent him myself if I can get all the facts right, or get copies of police reports, etc.? Any advice at all would be helpful...

Thanks
Susy

Recent Topics Discussed on Prison Pipleline

Do you want to know more about the topics we’ve been discussing on Prison Pipeline?

CR10 was presented with more than 3,000 folks participating in 200 workshops. Each organization is working hard to focus on their mission.
Listed below are some organizations and contact information that we have mentioned on Prison Pipeline and a few more that are additional sources of information.

National STOPMAX Campaign Taking the Next Steps. Concerning the use of isolation and devices of torture in U.S. prisons. Search Google for:
American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) National STOPMAX Campaign. - Human Rights Coalition - Lugman Abdullah with Youth Service, Inc. - Back to Society, Inc, HRC.

Ban the Box in your Community -All of Us or None (A great 23 minute DVD -Locked Up..Locked Out - that is available for a small donation. Telephone 1-415-255-7036 - X337 to order. Linda Evans from San Francisco and Susan Burton from Los Angeles and Portland’s own Patty Katz from Partnership for Safety and Justice (start with Google) are all working on this issue. You can email: info@prisonerswithchildren.org for a lot of excellent information. Legal Services for Prisoners with Children show a page on the web “10 Things You Can Do - To Support the Struggle for Prisoners’ Rights”

Criminal Justice and Immigration Perspectives on “Alternatives” Models. - Search - Detention Watch Network, (Andrea Black spoke at this workshop) also Search - Families for Freedom, (Ravi Ragbir was the third speaker) and Judith Greene (Policy Analyst for Justice Strategies -Search - www.justicestrategies.net.

FILMS TO SEE:
The CRITICAL RESISTANCE 10th Anniversary Film Festival
Showed the following films. I’m not sure about the availability of these films, but perhaps if you Google the name of the films that interest you, there will be enough information to help you see these films.

*In Prison My Whole Life (2007) 90 min. Marc Evans
*The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation (2007) - Directed by Jimmy O’Halligan, Produced by Ann Harkens and Scott Crow.
*Three Thousand Years and Life (1973) - 49 min. by Randall Conrad.
*Prison Town, USA (2006) - 75 min. Katie Galloway & Po Kutchins.
*Writ Writer (2007) - 54 min. Susanne Mason.
*Vision is Our Power (2008) 35 min - Visions to Peace Project
*Tales from the Treatment Rooms: The Luis Ramirez Story (2007) - 63 min. by Carrie von Reichardt
*Making the River (2008) - 80 min. by Two River Circle
*Women and Girls in the Sex Trade (2005) - 23 min
*Tribute to Stan Tookie Williams 1953-2005 (2008) - 66 min -Becnel and Neal
*Locked Up, Locked Out - 23 min, All of Us or None
*Up the Ridge (2008) 60 min - Nick Szuberia and Amelia Kirby
*Against Our Better Nature (2008) - 20 min by Kenya Briggs
*Sean Bell (2007) - 5 min Redhook Productions
*Redhook Raids (2008) - 15 min Redhooks Production *Finding Our Folk (2006) - 60 min. by Omo Moses

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