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 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

Undocumented Communities, ICE, & Portland

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Undocumented Communities, ICE, & Portland
Sarah Vitak interviews Romeo Sosa, the executive director of Voz, a workers' rights education project based in Portland, and Jonathan Irwin, former volunteer with No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths) in Tucson, Arizona. We’ll discuss incarceration and deportation of undocumented immigrants and the collaborations between Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) and the Portland Police Bureau. http://portlandvoz.org/
http://forms.nomoredeaths.org/en/

Organizing from Within: OSP Lakota Oyate Ki Club

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Organizing from Within: OSP Lakota Oyate Ki Club
Adam Carpinelli will interview Delphine Criscenzo and Jackie Malstrom from KBOO Community radio. Malstrom; the host and producer of Rose City Native Radio and Criscenzo have been visiting the Oregon State Penitentiary's Lakota Oyate Ki Club. The Lakota club is a Native American culture club located within the walls of the Oregon State Penitentiary. The Lakota Club is organized by Native inmates to provide quality programs and support to address the unique social, cultural, and economic needs of Native inmates. The organizers preserve, restore and sustain their Indian heritage and connection with the broader Native community. Rose City Native Radio will be celebrating its first anniversary.

Volunteering in Prison

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Volunteering in Prison
Ruth Kovacs interviews David Kirkman, a volunteer with Phoenix Rising Transitions, about his involvement with prison issues.

PSJ Lobby Day

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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PSJ Lobby Day
In March, Partnership for Safety & Justice held their Lobby Day at the capitol in Salem. PSJ members met with their legislators to discuss support for continued justice reinvestment efforts, ensure adequate service levels for victims of domestic violence and allow earned review for Oregon youth. Karen James interviews Andy Ko, PSJ’s new executive director; Jayne Downing, executive director of Salem’s Center for Hope and Safety, and two mothers of teens who faced Oregon Measure 11 charges.
Partnership for Safety & Justice http://www.safetyandjustice.org/
Center for Hope & Safety http://hopeandsafety.org/
Faith V. Love, Oregon Youth Authority Family Engagement Coordinator 503-373-7434 Email faith.love@state.or.us

Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part Two

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part Two
On February 9th at Portland State University  Maya Schenwar read from and discussed her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better. Maya's book looks at how prison breaks community ties and enacts violence which continues after release, making communities less safe and in particular, decimating communities of color. Maya's book envisions a future beyond incarceration where our responses to harm are community based and foster connection and reconciliation rather than isolation. She profiles community based initiatives that are beginning to make this vision a reality. This initial reading and discussion by Maya aired on February, 23rd (http://kboo.fm/lockeddownlocke).

Women in Prison Conference

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Women in Prison Conference
On February 7, 2015, the 12th annual Women in Prison Conference was held at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland. Karen James interviews keynote speaker, Emily Salisbury, Ph.D.; Barbara Aldave, founder & president of The Portia Project; Kasia Rutledge, Attorney, Metropolitan Public Defenders; and Susie Leavell, Program Administrator, Washington State Department of Corrections. The event was presented by The Portia Project and Oregon Justice Resource Center. http://ojrc.info/ http://www.theportiaproject.org/

Re-entry Ex-Cons

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 03/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Re-entry Ex-Cons
Ruth Kovacs speaks with Dan from Phoenix Rising Transitions.  Dan was incarcerated at 17 years old and released from prison in October 2014 after serving 17 years.  

Intersecting Imperialism and Industrial Complexes: Prison and Military

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Intersecting Imperialism and Industrial Complexes: Prison and Military
Adam Carpinelli will interview Dan Shea, a long time activist for human rights, anti-war, Latin American Solidarity, GI resistance and more. Dan is an active member of Veterans for Peace (VFP) Chapter 72. VFP is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace with140 chapters worldwide educating the public and advocating for a dismanting of the war economy. The discussion will focus on the intersections of the Prison and Military Industrial complexes. The connections between the two are highly overlooked linking U.S. imperialism, the global economy and the hyper-militarization of the police. http://www.vfpchapter72.org./ http://www.veteransforpeace.org/

Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One
Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One
On February 9th at Portland State University  Maya Schenwar read from and discussed her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better. Maya's book looks at how prison breaks community ties and enacts violence which continues after release, making communities less safe and in particular, decimating communities of color. Maya's book envisions a future beyond incarceration where our responses to harm are community based and foster connection and reconciliation rather than isolation. She profiles community based initiatives that are beginning to make this vision a reality. Maya Schenwar is the editor-in-chief of independent news and commentary source, Truthout (truth-out.org).

Ban Solitary Confinement

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ban Solitary Confinement
Karen James with Bob Joondeph, Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon. DRO is an organization that works to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities. Disability Rights Oregon will introduce a bill that will stop solitary confinement for persons with serious mental illness incarcerated in Oregon prisons. 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.
Disability Rights Oregon http://droregon.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

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Prison Pipeline
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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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