Prison Pipeline

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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, Ruth Kovacs and Emma Lugo 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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More Prison Beds in Oregon

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
More Prison Beds in Oregon
Karen James interviews Shannon Wight, Deputy Director, Partnership for Safety and Justice. In 2013 Oregon legislators passed House Bill 3194 that stopped prison growth for 5 years. A Justice Reinvestment fund was created from the savings and distributed to Oregon counties for community support services to help offenders and decrease the flow into the prison system. Just 2 years later, Oregon lawmakers are considering using $9 million from the Justice Reinvestment funds to expand the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras to accommodate a growing inmate population.
http://www.safetyandjustice.org/

Voices of the Cannabis War

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Voices of the Cannabis War
Emma Lugo interviews Mindi Griffiths from the program Voices of the Cannabis War. In spite of the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon and three other states, and the legalization of medical marijuana in almost half of the country, hundreds of people are still incarcerated for lengthy prison sentences, even life terms simply for participating in what is now a legal activity. Emma talks with Mindi about some of the prisoners who have been incarcerated for twenty years or longer and what we can do to help raise awareness about their unjust imprisonment.
https://www.facebook.com/voicesofwar1
http://www.blogtalkradio

Reflections on Organizing Against Prisons

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Reflections on Organizing Against Prisons
Adam Carpinelli interviews Masai Ehehosi, former Black Liberation Army Prisoner of War. Ehehosi is co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national prison abolitionist organization. He currently sits on the advisory board of the Jericho Amnesty Movement for the liberation of all Political Prisoners. The interview will focus on prison abolition, Political Prisoner amnesty and reflections on organizing against prisons.
www.criticalresistance.org
www.thejerichomovement.com

Van Jones: Cutting Mass Incarceration

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Van Jones: Cutting Mass Incarceration
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Karen James interviews CNN contributor and author Van Jones. Cut 50, an organization he co-founded, plans to cut U.S. mass incarceration by 50% in ten years. In July, President Obama visited a federal prison and there’s bipartisan Congressional support for legislation to reform the criminal justice system. Van Jones believes this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for reform.
Van Jones http://www.vanjones.net/
Cut 50 http://www.justicereformnow.org/
S.2123 Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s2123
H.R. 2944 Safe Justice Act https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr2944

Employment & Support after Incarceration

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Employment & Support after Incarceration
Ruth Kovacs interviews Erik Rise, Iron Tribe case manager. As a formerly incarcerated person, he tells of his prison experience and finding employment with Iron Tribe upon release. Iron Tribe is a non-profit recovery network of formerly incarcerated men and women who provide services, housing and support for persons releasing from jail and prison.

With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/26/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories
With You on the Journey is a performance of monologues written by family members of people in prison. The performance was the culmination of six writing workshops which took place in the summer and was held at The First Unitarian Church of Portland on October 18th, 2015. This project was conceived of by Carol Imani, a college writing instructor who has taught creative writing in juvenile detention facilities and adult prison and it was funded by the Regional Arts and Cultural Council. The performance included 11 monologues by 10 family members.

Reforming Measure 11

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/19/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Reforming Measure 11
On 9/19 criminal defense attorney Jesse William Barton presented “Maximizing the Chances of Obtaining True Measure 11 Reform” in Wilsonville. During an interview with Karen James, he discusses Measure 11, Oregon’s one-strike-you’re-out mandatory minimum sentencing law passed by Oregonians in 1994. Barton believes that in order to reform Measure 11, we must first invalidate Measure 10, a constitutional amendment also passed by Oregonians in 1994, which states that the Oregon legislature cannot reduce voter-approved sentences without two-thirds supermajority vote.
http://jessbartonlaw.com/
Mazimizing the Chances.. http://jessbartonlaw.com/editorials-and-essays/
Measure 11 http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/RESRCH/pages/measure_11.aspx

Kris Hermes: Crashing the Party

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/12/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Kris Hermes: Crashing the Party
Emma Lugo and special guest Kris Hermes, mass defense coordinator for the National Lawyer's Guild and author of Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000. Crashing the Party explains how events at the Republican National Convention led Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney to develop repressive policing methods that have since been used extensively across the U.S.  Dissidents in particular have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests.

MacLaren Youth, Gang Culture & Measure 11

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
MacLaren Youth, Gang Culture & Measure 11
What does criminalization look like in Oregon when our youth are targeted and how does that play out when those youth face mandatory minimum sentencing? How does it feel returning to your home community after serving a long sentence with a felony now on your record? Host Carlos Chavez interviews Guy Mattaliano and Abel Mandujano on their experiences navigating youth gang culture in Oregon and the challenges of the school to prison pipeline and Measure 11.

Oregon's Measure 11 http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/RESRCH/pages/measure_11.aspx
MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

MEASURE 11: TIME DOES NOT FIT THE CRIME

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
MEASURE 11: TIME DOES NOT FIT THE CRIME
A new group, Time Does Not Fit the Crime, has brought new energy to the fight to reform Measure 11, Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing law. Hear organizers Patty Youngblood and Barb Dickerson as they discuss reasons to reform Measure 11 at an event held September 19, 2015. Oregon Senator Chuck Riley (D-15) also speaks about the need to eliminate the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) influence on Oregon politics. Also presenting at the event was criminal defense attorney Jesse William Barton, hear his interview with host Karen James on Oct 19, 2015 on Prison Pipeline.
Time Does Not Fit the Crime http://measure11reform.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ReformMeasure11TimeDoesNotFitTheCrime?fref=nf

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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

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
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

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
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

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
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

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
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

program: 
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

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
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

program: 
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

program: 
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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