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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, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson, Sarah Vitak and Ruth Kovacs explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests. Hosts rotate weekly. Prison Pipeline's engineers are Danielle Parks and Michael Ftaclas.

 
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Episode Archive

Life after Sex Offense Conviction

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/03/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Life after Sex Offense Conviction
Ruth Kovacs interviews Debbi Parkins whose brother, Steve, released from prison two years ago this month.  Steve served 8 years convicted as a sex offender. 

Debtors’ Prisons: Past and Present

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Debtors’ Prisons: Past and Present
Adam Carpinelli will interview activists Daniel Hong and Michael Wilson with Strike Debt Portland and Bay Area chapters. The discussion will focus on the historical significance of debtors’ prisons and recent trends to criminalize financial obligations. Strike Debt formed in 2012 from Occupy Wall St. and is a nationwide movement of debt resisters fighting for democratic alternatives to the debt system. With stagnant wages, systemic unemployment and public service cuts, we are forced to go into debt for our basic human needs like housing, education and healthcare. Debt is a major source of power for Wall Street that keeps us isolated, ashamed, and afraid.

Marijuana Legalization in Oregon, What to Expect

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/20/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Marijuana Legalization in Oregon, What to Expect
On June 30th, 2015, the day before adult recreational use of marijuana became legal in Oregon, leaders of the drug reform movement held a press conference at the ACLU office in downtown Portland. Speaking about why legalization matters, what to expect, and what’s next for the drug reform movement. We will air the audio of the press conference. U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon has championed several federal legislative efforts to reform marijuana laws, he provided an update on efforts at the federal level. Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson who co-wrote the new marijuana law and led the campaign to pass it, explained why a legal approach to marijuana is better for Oregon.

War on Drugs Legacy

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/13/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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War on Drugs Legacy
Emma Lugo interviews author Dave Truhlar. With legalization fresh in the minds of Oregonians we will take a look back at the legacy of the war on drugs. Though we live in “The land of the free” we imprison more of our fellow citizens than any other country on Earth. It’s an epidemic, brought on by fear-mongering politics and a complete lack of foresight and common sense. Here it is, the end result of “The War on Drugs”- the children in low income areas grow up with Mom or Dad constantly in and out of prison, with little hope to do anything but one day end up in a cell themselves.

Challenges After Incarceration

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Challenges After Incarceration
Ruth Kovacs interviews Tim “Cowboy” Stevens about his recent release from Columbia River Correctional Institution and the challenges of reentry.

MacLaren Radio Journalism

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/29/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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MacLaren Radio Journalism
Old School PPC Producer Carlos Chavez pops in to host another special edition of MacLaren Community Voice. Carlos presents segments recorded by his Radio Journalism students who interview during campus events at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility such as the Write Around Portland readings. They also cover a special visit in Break Dance group with guests from New Birth Crew and Tru Roots.

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, located in Woodburn, is Oregon’s largest youth correctional facility. http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

Parenting from Prison

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/22/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Parenting from Prison
Karen James with Nova Sweet and Melissa Vitellaro who recently released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. While in prison both women participated in the Family Preservation Project, a holistic, evidence-based program that helped incarcerated women reunite with their children, learn parenting skills and reconcile with their families. At the end of 2014,  Oregon Department of Corrections canceled the program and Nova and Melissa, along with others, are working toward legislation that will insure that Oregon prioritizes the needs of children with incarcerated moms.
Sign the Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/keep-a-prison-program?mailing_id=29407&...

Fighting the Sweeps: Portland Police & Mass Displacement

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/15/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Fighting the Sweeps: Portland Police & Mass Displacement
Adam Carpinelli will interview members of Multnomah County Copwatch, Don't Shoot Portland and Right 2 Survive currently collaborating on a new anti-sweeps project. The Portland Police Department has just announced a new campaign on behalf of Mayor Charlie Hales to "sweep" many of the local homeless camps from the city.

Voices from Solitary

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/08/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Voices from Solitary
On May 13, 2015, a film screening of Herman’s House was followed by panelists Tom Hastings, Phillip Gurule, Tammy Wilkins, and Gretchen Vala, who shared solitary confinement experiences. Although the United Nations calls it torture, 80,000 prisoners across the United States are in solitary confinement. This includes our youth, pregnant women, and people with mental illness locked in small, windowless cells with no contact for the major part of each day. The negative psychological effects of isolation are well documented. This event Voices from Solitary was organized by Corrine Fletcher and sponsored by PSU Students United for Nonviolence. Artwork is by Jaime Amaya.

Ban the Box Campaign

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/01/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ban the Box Campaign
Ruth Kovacs with Patty Katz. In April 2015, the Oregon House of Representatives passed HB 3025 which will prohibit employers from including questions about applicants’ criminal history on job applications. It is backed by The Fair Chance for All coalition, a group of more than 50 organizations in Oregon. If the legislature passes HB 3025, Oregon will join 100 jurisdictions and 16 states that have already banned the box--a critical step in giving qualified job applicants who’ve paid their debts to society a fair chance at rebuilding their lives. http://www.fairchanceforall.com/
HB 3025 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB3025

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An Attorney Speaks

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 08/02/2009

Our guest was Adam Arms, attorney with the firm McKanna, Bishop, Joffee & Arms. Adam told us about his work with prisoners. We also discussed again the importance of contact with folks on the outside for prisoners.

Next week we’ll have a telephone interview with Pam Africa who will update us on Mumia and more.

Portland Partners Re-Entry Initiative

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Prison Pipeline
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Sun, 07/26/2009

Bre Groom from The Portland Partners Re-Entry Initiative with SE Works, brought Kelly, one of the volunteer mentors and Larry, a recently released friend who has participated in the PPRI Mentor Program. Listen to the active discussion that Ruth and these folks had about the PPRI mentor program.

Next week, attorney Adam Arnes will be the Prison Pipeline guest.

If you know about projects that prisoners have done or are doing to give to those in need in the outside community, please send a note or call KBOO and leave Ruth a message. The next Prison Pipeline special will be about Oregon prisoners doing projects and raising funds for needy individuals and groups in Oregon.

Life after Lockdown

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Prison Pipeline
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Sun, 07/19/2009

A good discussion about Oxford House was provided by Jimmy Williams, Field Services Supervisor of Oregon Recovery Homes. Outreach Coordinators Ed and Cori, and the Program Manager, Wayne Kline also participated. For more information:call 503/413-9233 to talk to Jimmy or send him an email: jimmyw@rap-nw.org. Friends, family and loved ones as well as folks soon to be released can write to the Recovery Association Project, 18438 SE Pine St., Portland, OR 97233 – Attention Jimmy Williams or Wayne Kline or search 222.rap-nw.org.

Bridges to Change

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Prison Pipeline
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Sun, 07/12/2009

A group of guests from Bridges to Change told their stories. All of the mentors and administrators from this organization are ex-felons. The director - Chuck, the program director – Doug, and two clients – John an Pete joined Ruth in a discussion about the value of a mentor program for folks when released. Assistance in housing, job hunting and connecting with the family and community can make a significant difference as folks begin new lives in the community.

Contact Bridges to Change if you are about to be released, recently released or a member of the support team for someone who would benefit from this program. Call Joan at 503/465-2749, search Google for Bridges to Change, or visit the bridges to change.com website.

Next week: Jimmy Williams from Recovery Association Project (RAP) will be our guest.

August 17, Bridges to Change folks will return to Prison Pipeline to talk about how the program works with alcohol and/or drug addicts.

Criminal Sentence Reduction

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 07/05/2009

Caylor Roling from Partnerships for Safety & Justice provided details and update information on HB 3508 which recently passed the Oregon House and Senate.

The next Prison Pipeline Special will concern Prisoners Giving to those on the outside. If you know about a project or fundraiser done by prisoners that made a contribution to an individual or organization in need, please let us know.

Prison Volunteer Special

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Prison Pipeline
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Sun, 06/14/2009

A Prison Pipeline Special! We looked at the Prison Volunteers of Oregon—we heard some of them speak, we heard messages from prisoners who appreciate the volunteers, and Ruth told about the process of becoming an official ID Badge holding volunteer. If you are thinking about being a guest or volunteer at one of the prisons, this program will help you understand why 2000 of us do this work. Also, you’ll hear why we feel that we are privileged to be a part of the Volunteer Program. 

 

Aba Gayle

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 06/07/2009

Aba Gayle was Ruth's guest. She told the story of Maurice Bickham, an African American, born in 1917, served 38 years and is now an ordained minister. He was from the era of  Jim Crow laws, convicted of shooting two white law men, had his execution date set seven times, but was eventually released in 1996. Aba Gayle reminisced about watching the day Barack Obama took office. His mother had been a slave.You can search the web for more about Aba Gayle and her work with prisoners.

Heroes of the Past

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Prison Pipeline
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Wed, 05/27/2009

Prison Pipeline looked at Memorial Day to remember more than the many military heroes of the past. We also had an update on the MOVE 9 who are still in prison.

Killer Bread Gang

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 05/17/2009

The Killer Bread Gang were Prison Pipeline guests. They talked about life in and out of prison, and played some music. Dave, the baker of Dave’s Killer Bread talked about his life and the bread business. Then Dave played lead guitar, while Ladd sang his original song “DNA”.  Pete, another employee at the bakery who was released 45 days ago joined us as we talked about a lot of Prison Pipeline stuff. Don’t miss this show!

Blacque Butterfly

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 05/10/2009

Blacque Butterfly joins Ruth in the studio for a dazzling performance during our membership drive.

 

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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