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, Adam Carpinelli, Justin Chapin, and Stephanie Guy 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

Creative Writing in Prison

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Creative Writing in Prison
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Amy Johnson interviews Ann Marie O'Malley and her former students Akiaz King, Nathan McNair and Michael Dillon. Since 2012 Ann Marie has been teaching creative writing at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI), a minimum security facility in Northeast Portland. Ann Marie works at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Southeast Portland. The Center empowers people to publish themselves and she has published 6 books from writings generated by CRCI students in a series called From a Number to a Name.
www.iprc.org

Mary Graham: Healing & Hope

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Mary Graham: Healing & Hope

Karen James interviews Mary Graham, whose husband, Donald Graham, after serving 20 years in prison, was shot and killed by the Clackamas County sheriff.  Mary's four daughters were taken by the State.  She spent time in prison and turned to drugs to ease the pain.  Her story is a remarkable journey from pain and loss to healing and hope.

Kids for Cash

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Kids for Cash

Justin Chapin interviews Robert May, director and producer of the recent non-fiction film “KIDS FOR CASH”. The film is about the scandal involving Pennsylvania judges Mark Ciaverella and Michael Conahan, the private prison system and 3,000 children. May opens up about his personal views and the message that he's trying to deliver. The prison pipeline also involves children, the issue is systemic. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?

I Am Troy Davis

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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I Am Troy Davis
Stephanie Guy presents I Am Troy Davis. In April 2014 Jen Marlowe, co-author of I Am Troy Davis, and Troy's sister, Kimberly Davis, lead a discussion about the book, Troy’s case, and the impact Troy's struggle has had on those still fighting for justice and an end to the death penalty in Oregon. The event was held at the United Methodist Church in Portland. Reading from I Am Troy Davis are Frank Thompson, former Superintendent of Oregon State Penitentiary; Naseem Rakha, author of ‘The Crying Tree”; and Tony Funchess, First Vice-President of NAACP Portland Chapter; read from the book. Dr.

Fariborz Pakseresht, Director, Oregon Youth Authority

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Fariborz Pakseresht, Director, Oregon Youth Authority

Peter Pincetl interviews Fariborz Pakseresht, Director of the Oregon Youth Authority. Fariborz speaks about his role, recent changes at the OYA, and responds to a recent Willamette Week article exploring the possibility that Oregon may not incarcerate youth at a high enough rate. http://www.oregon.gov/OYA/pages/index.aspx http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22512-spare_the_jail_spoil_the_chi...

MACLAREN YOUTH POETRY PROJECT

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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MACLAREN YOUTH POETRY PROJECT
Karen James with Dakotah Kennedy, an Oregon Youth Authority volunteer, present the Verbal Escape Poetry Project held in April 2014 at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.  This was the first poetry slam competition and the event was coordinated by Dakotah Kennedy along with MacLaren youth Sang and Noah and Kathleen Fullerton from Hope Partnership.  Local and national slam poets performed along with the MacLaren youth and also judged the performers.
http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/hopepartnershiporegon

Family Preservation Project

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Family Preservation Project

Karen James with Jessica Katz, Program Coordinator, and Erin Webb, Family Advocate with the Family Preservation Project (FPP) and Eva Guzman who completed the FPP at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s women’s prison. FPP utilizes evidence-based practices and a holistic family-centered approach to help incarcerated women rehabilitate, form connections with their family, and prepare for their lives after incarceration. Contact Jessica Katz, 503.570.6598.

Women in Prison: This I Believe

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Women in Prison: This I Believe
In April 2014 women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility shared their deeply held beliefs during an event called This I Believe.  This was the second annual This I Believe essay reading held at CCCF, Oregon’s only women’s prison.  About 30 women participated in the event.  This 6:00-7:00 p.m. Prison Pipeline special is hosted by Stephanie Guy, Morgan Kelly and Karen James.

Prison Pipeline on 05/05/14

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Connecting with the Community Inside

Law & Disorder: The Prison Industrial Complex

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Law & Disorder: The Prison Industrial Complex
Adam Carpinelli will interview Ahjamu Umi a local activist from the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party. The discussion will focus on local organizing around prison issues and Political Prisoners. They will also discuss the upcoming 5th Annual Law & Disorder Conference that will be taking place at Portland State University, May 9-11. http://www.aaprp-intl.org/ www.lawandisorder.wordpress.com

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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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