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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

Challenges After Incarceration

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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

Activist scholar Dan Berger

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Activist scholar Dan Berger
Adam Carpinelli interviews activist scholar Dan Berger. Berger recently completed Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era which examines the crucial role that Black Prisoners played in the Black freedom struggle and a slim primer on U.S. Political Prisoners, entitled The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States. Berger will discuss his recent works and national organizing around prison justice and supporting Political Prisoners. For more information: www.danberger.org

A Chat with Chaplain of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
A Chat with Chaplain of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Host Amy Johnson will interview  Rev. Dr. Emily Brault, chaplain at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon's only women's correctional facility. As Chaplain, she has an intimate understanding of the lives of the women at Coffee Creek and of our broken criminal justice system. She is an advocate for sentencing reform, restorative justice and creating a culture of support, integrity and care in our society so that our injured and hurting people are no longer forced into prisons. We will ask listener's questions that are posted on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/prisonpipeline or emailed to kbooppc@gmail.com.

MacLaren Youth Journalism Class

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
MacLaren Youth Journalism Class
Hosts Amy Johnson and Karen James present audio from radio journalism students at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. The youth discuss clemency, the school-to-prison-pipeline and perform spoken word. The MacLaren Radio Journalism class is a partnership between Morpheus Youth Project, Hope Partnership, and KBOO 90.7 fm community radio. KBOO producer Carlos Chavez has been the instructor for the weekly MacLaren Radio Journalism class for 5 years. Carlos trains the youth to become KBOO-certified radio journalists. Kathleen Fullerton, M.S.

Transitioning from Prison

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Transitioning from Prison
Ruth Kovacs interviews ex-con Justin Woodruff, a house mentor for the Phoenix Rising Transitions home. In addition to supervising other ex-cons as they transition from prison to the community, Justin is enrolled in college and working toward a degree in social services. http://www.phoenix-rising-transitions.org/

Audio

Real Change

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 04/26/2009

Ras Danny, KBOO Programmer of Higher Reasoning Reggae Time joined Ruth in the studio to talk about what "change" really means for those in lockdown and how much better his life is after he decided to change and stay out of prison forever.

Be sure to check out the political prisoners program that aired on KBOO on Friday, April 24th.

Programs to look forward to: Blaque Butterfly, Dave of "Dave's Killer Bread," and volunteers who visit prisons in Oregon will be our guests soon.

Jailhouse Lawyers: A review from OSP

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Ruth reads a review of Mumia's new book "Jailhouse Lawyers" as told by Damon Lee Petrie, a prisoner/writer at OSP. 

There will be a Book Party on Friday, April 24th at 7 p.m. at the Bread and Roses Center. @ 819 N. Killingsworth St.

Mumia's Conviction Upheld

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 04/05/2009

Patrick Ryan, one of the organizers of Friends of Mumia of Portland, gave Ruth an update of today’s (04/06/09) U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let Mumia Abu-Jamal’s conviction stand. Also discussed were plans for Portland action, Saturday April 11th, at 10:00 am at Pioneer Square to protest this devastating ruling. For more information call 503/515-9540. Come join us as we stand up to be counted for Justice. Mumia needs your support and Portland supporters need to know that we are not alone.

We also read material from Hans Bennet quoting interviews with Patrick O’Connor, author of  The Framing of Mumia, and Michael Schiffmann, co-founder of Journalists for Mumia and author of several books about Mumia – Race Against Death, and  Mumia Abu-Jamal: a Black Revolutionary in White America.

Phoenix Rising

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 03/29/2009

Kelly Fitzpatrick from Phoenix Rising Transitions visited with host Ruth Kovacs.

Sister of a Prisoner

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 03/22/2009

During a visit with the sister of a prisoner who has been in lockdown almost four years, we get an update about how things are going. Debbie shares the ongoing task of keeping in touch with her brother.

A reminder! The deadline for entering Tattoo Art to Shot Caller Press is May 31.

Prisoners Count

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 03/15/2009

Another segment from Democracy Now! March 3, 2009, Amy’s guests brought attention to a Census taking device that should concern us all. Districts in many states count the prisoners of the local penitentiary in their census and thus become eligible for the same budget and political benefits as a district that does not have a prison. In some cases the prison population is as much as 88 per cent of the Census count.

Corruption in PA

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

Judges in Pennsylvania—caught in corruption. Amy Goodman presented a segment giving us the details. As we listen, many questions come to mind; which Ruth highlights in the last few minutes. If you’d like us to do a Prison Pipeline program that deals with one of those questions, let us know.

Political Prisoners

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

The Mumia Strugglebration event on Friday 13 featured Pam Africa and Ramona Africa. This brought the subject of Political Prisoners to our attention. We gave an overview of the more than 100 political prisoners in the U.S.

We also announced the good news that Mumia’s book “Jailhouse Lawyer” will soon be available. Also a recently released film about Lynne Stewart will premiere in New York this month. More about these two items will be available on future Prison Pipeline programs.

Strugglebration for Mumia

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

Friday, Feb. 13, is a very special event! The Portland Friends for the Freedom of MOVE & Mumia Abu-Jamal present: Strugglebration for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
    Portland State University – Smith Memorial Student Union Bldg. (SMU 238)
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    For more information: 503/515-9540


To get us in the mood we heard Mumia speak, a cheer by Jenka, a song by David Strechert and comments by Ruth and Rebecca about the entertainers and speakers who will take part in the night of celebration and struggle.

See you there!
 

Budget Cuts on Prisoners

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 02/01/2009

Ruth Kovacs was joined by Patty Katz, from Partnerships for Safety and Justice and Tony Perkins, former World Council Chair for Oxford House. They discussed the cuts in Washington State Prison funds for drug and alcohol treatment for prisoners before and after release. Folks are asked to send stories about their addiction to drugs and alcohol and how treatment programs affected their lives. Send the one-page stories to Partnerships for Safety and Justice.



Also, Ruth would like to receive stories about Anne Rose Pearce or copies of  “. . .after seventeen years” the newsletter distributed by Anne Rose. We want to preserve her memory and document her work. If you can help us, please contact Ruth at KBOO

Mark your calendar! February 13 at PSU – An event for Mumia!

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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