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, Stephanie Guy, 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

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

Private Prison Divestment Campaign

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Private Prison Divestment Campaign

Justin Chapin with Jamie Trinkle, coordinator for the national Private Prison Divestment Campaign, discuss corporate greed and the campaign to urge public and private institutions to divest their holdings in private prison corporations.
http://www.enlaceintl.org

Doyal Smith, Executive Director, DDA of Oregon

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Doyal Smith, Executive Director, DDA of Oregon

Karen James with Doyal Smith, Executive Director of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon (DDA). DDA is a peer support group based on an authorized version of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous plus an additional 5 Steps that focus on Dual Diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse). DDA's unique 12 Steps Plus 5 Program offers *hope for achieving the promise of recovery."  DDA has held support groups in Columbia River Correctional Institution and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.  Contact DDA: (503) 222-6484 http://ddaoforegon.com/

Insight Development Group

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Insight Development Group

Adam Carpinelli interviews Mindy Johnston with the Insight Development Group. IDG is a comprised of community members, offenders and victims who seek to increase the number of restorative opportunities available to both incarcerated individuals and those affected by crime. It was originally formed by four inmates at Oregon State Correctional Institution under the guidance of the Institution’s Chaplain. http://www.insightdevelopmentgroup.org/

Immigration Detainees Hunger Strike

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Immigration Detainees Hunger Strike
Adam Carpinelli will interview Maru Mora Villalpando from Latino Advocacy in Seattle. Villapando will give an update on the detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. On March 7th, hundreds of immigration detainees began a hunger strike seeking better food and treatment. Some are seeking to be released on bond while their cases are heard. The privately owned detention facility south of Seattle is under contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house people being investigated for possible deportation. For more information: www.latinoadvocacy.org   Facebook: NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC

Steve Berger, Director, Washington County Community Corrections

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/24/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Steve Berger, Director, Washington County Community Corrections

Karen James with Steve Berger, Director, Washington County Community Corrections. In 2013 the Oregon legislature passed HB3194 to reduce the size and cost of our state prison system. HB3194 flat-lines prison growth over the next 5 years, and saves money with prison reforms such as reduced sentences and extended transitional leave. Funds saved were reinvested in Oregon counties for programs and services to help reduce prison intakes, protect the public and lower recidivism. Steve Berger discusses how Washington County Community Corrections plans to spend the $1,277,299 it received from the Justice Reinvestment Fund.

Clariner Boston, Better People

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Clariner Boston, Better People

Peter Pincetl with Clariner Boston, Executive Director, Better People. Better People is an established employment and counseling program solely dedicated to helping individuals who have legal histories find, keep and excel in well paying jobs with fair, decent employers. Better People offers four basic services: cognitive behavioral therapy, using Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT®); job readiness classes; assistance in gaining permanent employment; and, once employed, job retention services.     http://betterpeople.org/

Justin Chapin hosts: Private Prisons

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Justin Chapin hosts: Private Prisons

Justin Chapin hosts. The U.S. has a larger prison population than any other country in the world. While there are many reasons, part of the growing problem is the privatization of the prison system. The roll of the state in the penal system is now being shared with the corporate world. With monetary incentives for locking people up, corruption in our justice system is now prevalent for yet another reason.

Decolonizing Prisons and Supporting Prisoners

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Decolonizing Prisons and Supporting Prisoners

Adam Carpinelli is joined by local Portland activists involved in prison activism linking indigenous and global anti-colonial struggles. Work with groups like Portland Anarchist Black Cross and Portland Central America Solidarity Committee will be discussed. There are many great opportunities for people in Portland and internationally to support Prisoners and Political Prisoners.
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee- http://www.pcasc.net/
Portland Anarchist Black Cross- http://pdxabc.com/

Women in Prison Conference

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Women in Prison Conference
The 8th annual Women in Prison Conference was held Lewis & Clark Law School on February 1, 2014. The Conference was presented by The Portia Project and co-sponsored by the Oregon Justice Resource Center, ACLU of Oregon, and Soroptimist International of Eugene. Hear issues women face and ideas for reform as Karen James interviews the Honorable Darleen Ortega, Oregon Court of Appeals; Kim Brockamp, Oregon Dept. of Corrections; Liysa Swart, Voices Set Free; Susie Leavell, Washington State Dept. of Corrections; and others.

The Portia Project http://www.theportiaproject.org/
Oregon Justice Resource Center http://ojrc.info/
ACLU of Oregon http://aclu-or.org/

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Working for Reform

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 01/25/2009

Ruth Kovacs and Rebecca Nay talked about the work of advocates for prison reform. Rebecca, co-host of Gender Blender (usually the third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 pm) asked Ruth to define her mission and to tell what meeting with the prisoners has taught her this year. They shared examples that show people CAN change and the re-entry programs DO make a difference for those who want to come out of incarceration as better folks than they were during their criminal days.

Cruel and Unusual

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

One of the producer/directors of the award winning film, “Cruel and Unusual”, Janet Baus gave Prison Pipeline a telephone interview. We discussed the problems that transgender prisoners must face. The conversation between Janet, Rebecca (our KBOO engineer) and Ruth (PP Host) as they shared information and insights about this issue was candid and informative.

CONTACT  INFORMATION:
Outcast Films
www.cruelandunusualfilm.com

Books to Prisoners

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

Jonathan Farbowitz and Alex Fish from Books for Prisoners gave us an update about the program.

Books to Prisoners

P.O. Box 11222

Portland, OR 97211

pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net

pdxbookstoprisoners.org

Volunteer Nights are Mondays & Tuesdays 5:30-8pm. at 1112 NE Morton St.


Prisoners should sent request books from:

Seattle Books to Prisoners

c/o Left Bank Books

92 Pike St. Box A

Seattle, WA 98101

Book Donation Drop Boxes are located:

In Other Words Books

Roccos Pizza

Hollywood Theatre

Laughing Horse Books

Red & Black Cafe

Blackrose Bookstore

Locked Up - Locked Out

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 12/28/2008

The sound track for "Locked Up - Locked Out" tells about the California organization, All Of Us Or None. This national organizing movement, started by formerly incarcerated people whose goal is to build political power in the communities most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the Prison Industrial Complex is dedicated and determined to help turn the tide of oppression, violence and pain  in our communities to be a part of the solution to the problems that cause our people to populate the prison system in disproportionate numbers.

E-mail - info@allofusornone.org, or see www.allofusornone.org

A New Start

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 12/21/2008

Our guest was released just two weeks ago. Ruth Kovacs and Matt talk about the joys of being released, the dinner his mom fixed, and the welcome from his girl, family and friends. Matt also talks abut why he feels sure that he will not be returning to prison. His own decision as well as help from Phoenix Rising Transitions have helped him make a plan to stay on a path that will avoid recidivism.

Life after Prison

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

Ruth was joined Thai. He’s been out of prison for a few years and they talked about the problems of trying to get a life again. Fortunately he has a few friends that help him, but finding employment has been a struggle. Thai shared his insights about what it is like to be an ex-con.

Strugglebration for Mumia

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

Guest, Shaun Carnahan and Ruth Kovacs talk about  December 9 when  KBOO  co-sponsors a Strugglebration event for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Folks will gather at the Cultural Center  of Portland State University, from 6 to 9 pm, Tuesday, December 9. There will be music, speakers and films. Portland has not forgotten Mumia.

The Framing of Mumia

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 11/16/2008

Patrick O’Connor, author of “The Framing of Mumia”, talked about his book and shared information that has not been presented before the publication of his book. He described part of the injustice of the trial, the lies about a so-called confession—which did not exist, and  the bias of Judge Sabo. After his in depth study of Mumia’s case, O’Connor seemed convinced that Mumia will never be executed and that there is still a possibility of a new trial.



Watch for Portland’s event  supporting Freedom for Mumia, December 9, 2008, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Portland State University – Cultural Center!

Mumia updates from Suzanne Ross

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 11/09/2008

Suzanne Ross of the New York City Free Mumia organization provided updates on Mumia’s case. The prosecution  is trying to reinstate the death penalty and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. December 9 is the anniversary of the death of Officer Faulkner so demonstrations and rallies will take place all over the world. Saturday Dec. 6, there will be events in Philadelphia and New York City, and Monday, December 9, Portland will gather at the PSU Multicultural Center, for a rally.

Ban The Box

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 10/26/2008

Prison Pipeline presents another CR10 report. The subject - Ban the Box - Portland's own Patty Katz from Partnerships for Safety and Justice speaks a the workshop in California and tells her story of crime, incarceration and now her crusade with PS&J to "Ban the Box" from employment applications that require telling "YES" convicted of a felon.

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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