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, Justin Chapin, Stephanie Guy and Amy Johnson 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

2013: the Year the Criminal Justice System Changed?

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
2013: the Year the Criminal Justice System Changed?
This year we saw significant changes from sentencing reform, to drug policy, to how people are treated behind bars. This edition of KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley's Making Contact looks at victories in the struggle to bring humanity to the world’s largest prison industrial complex. 

Reentry Transition Center

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Reentry Transition Center

Peter Pincetl with Doug Cooper and Felton Howard, Jr., Reentry Transition Center.  The RTC helps people successfully transition back to their communities after incarceration.  Over 150 individuals are released from prison into Multnomah County each year.  Former prisoners are often released with little to no assets, limited ties to the community, and lack awareness of services and programs available to help.  For every $1 invested in the re-entry program, the public safety system saves $14.10.  http://www.mercycorpsnw.org/what-we-do/transition-center/

Ban the Box!

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Ban the Box!
Karen James speaks with David, Zack, Cary and others at Right to Dream Too and Sisters of the Road Café about their lives after incarceration and the unfair and unreasonable barriers to housing and employment for people with criminal records.

www.bantheboxcampaign.org

Jeremiah Stromberg, Oregon Dept. of Corrections

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Jeremiah Stromberg, Oregon Dept. of Corrections

Peter Pincetl with Jeremiah Stromberg, Assistant Director, Oregon Department of Corrections, Community Corrections Division, discuss the newly passed HB3194, legislation that made sweeping changes to the Oregon Justice System.

Ending the New Jim Crow-Healing the Justice System

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/18/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ending the New Jim Crow-Healing the Justice System
“Ending the New Jim Crow--Healing the Justice System” panel of community leaders held at First Unitarian Church, Portland, November 5, 2013. Panelists: Jo Ann Hardesty, former state representative, co-founder/organizer of the Portland Campaign to End the New Jim Crow;Shannon Wight, deputy director of Partnership for Safety and Justice; Emanuel Price, executive director of SCAFE (Second Chances Are for Everyone); Kasia Rutledge, attorney, Metropolitan Public Defenders. Moderated by Oregon State Representative Lew Frederick and Rev. Kate Lore.
http://newjimcrowpdx.wordpress.com/

http://www.safetyandjustice.org/

Feminism & Abolition, Angela Davis

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Feminism & Abolition, Angela Davis
Excerpts from Angela Davis’ presentation at the University of Chicago on Feminism and Abolition.  Herman Wallace: Revolutionary; Mumia Abu-Jamal’s message for his memorial.
 
“Prisons are constituted as normal.  It takes a lot of work to persuade people to think beyond the bars and to be able to imagine a world without prisons and to struggle for the abolition of imprisonment as the dominant mode of punishment.   –Angela Davis
 

Washington County Reentry Council

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/28/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Peter Pincetl Hosts
Peter Pincetl sits down with Martha Duncan-Perez, chair of the Washington County Reentry Council, for an annual check in on the progress of this community based group. One of their most important efforts at this point, work around expungement, is really taking off.

TRCI Prisoners Perform King Lear

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
TRCI Prisoners Perform King Lear

Karen James is joined in a one-hour special by Johnny Stallings, Executive Director of Open Hearts Open Minds.  After giving performances at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla, Oregon, Johnny began facilitating weekly dialogues with the inmates.  In 2008, at the prisoners’ request, they began rehearsals for a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Since then, Johnny has produced an annual theatrical performance by TRCI inmates.  Excerpts of this year’s play, King Lear, performed in September, will be heard along with interviews w

Oregon Prison Volunteers

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/07/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Oregon Prison Volunteers

 

Karen James with Judy and Rima, volunteers in the Oregon Department of Corrections who teach Sustainable Gardening Classes donated by Oregon State University Extension Services.  ODOC reports that 2,596 volunteers contribute 400,000 hours annually in Oregon’s 14 prisons throughout the state.  Programs include recovery and faith groups, Canine Companions, Living Yoga, Toastmasters, Writing, Hospice, American Veterans, and many others.  To become a ODOC volunteer, call 541.922.2089

Project SCRUB: Expunging Criminal Records

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Project SCRUB

Peter Pincetl discusses the Oregon Law Center's new Project SCRUB with Benjamin Ybarra. Project SCRUB (Scrubbing Criminal Records to Unlock Barriers) helps low-income residents with arrests and convictions in Washington County expunge their criminal records.

http://www.oregonlawcenter.org/

Project SCRUB 503.640.4115

 

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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