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

 


Coming Soon

Cascade Media Convergence & Political Prisoner Sundiata Acoli
Liysa Swart, Domestic Violence Advocate
 

Episode Archive

Prison Pipeline on 04/01/13

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MarLaren Youth Correctional Facility

One-hour Special with the youth at MacLaren Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. Prison Pipeline hosts Carlos Chavez, Peter Pincetl and Karen James talk to the youth incarcerated at the facility about their lives and the programs, groups and events that are helping them change their behaviors that led to incarceration.

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx#

MacLaren Project Pooch www.pooch.org

MacLaren Youth-made Products www.oregon.gov/OYA/facilities/youth_made_products.shtml

 

 

 

 

Prison Pipeline on 03/18/13

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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Heather Salek, Cascade AIDS Project

Peter Pincetl explores Cascades AIDS Project with its Employment Services Manager, Heather Salek. Founded in 1983, Cascade AIDS Project is the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington. HIV/AIDS affects over 1.1 million people in the United States with a growing portion of these individuals involved in the justice system. cascadeaids.org

Prison Pipeline on 03/11/13

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Cell Blocks

Carlos Chavez interviews one of Chicago Reporter’s investigative journalists, Angela Caputo on her recent article, called “Cell Blocks.” They talk about her recent article on the topic of Chicago’s highest incarcerated West side community.

Caputo tapped into Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s database paired with a Geographic Information Systems file created by the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology to research convicted felony cases and prison sentences per census block in the city of Chicago. Her results exposed some fascinating facts that may have many of us scratching our heads about the heavy handed philosophy behind that last few decades of mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

Prison Pipeline on 03/04/13

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Battered Woman Overturns Murder Conviction
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Karen James with Kathleen Blankenship, and Louise Bauschard, Voices Set Free.  In 2001, Kathleen Blankenship shot her abusive husband, a former police officer. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Kathleen tells how she survived the abuse, law enforcement code of silence and corruption, and had her murder conviction overturned in one of the most notorious murder cases in Umatilla County, Oregon. 

Purple Berets http://www.purpleberets.org/whenbattererisacop_index.html

Voices Set Free http://www.voicessetfree.org/

Prison Pipeline on 02/25/13

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Mon, 02/25/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Peter Pincetl explores the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Second Chance program which pairs Big Brothers and Sisters with youth who have been justice system involved. For over 100 years, their programs have been changing perspectives and changing lives. www.bbbsnorthwest.org

Prison Pipeline on 02/18/13

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Incarcerating Battered Women
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Karen James with Louise Bauschard, Voices Set Free, and Liysa Swart, discuss the judicial system’s failure to protect battered women.

Liysa (Northon) Swart plead guilty to manslaughter in 2001 and served 12 years in prison. The villain portrayed in Ann Rule’s book “Heart Full of Lies”, Liysa claims she had to protect herself and her children from an abusive husband when the judicial system failed to do so.

Voices Set Free   http://www.voicessetfree.org/

Sin by Silence legislation http://legislation.sinbysilence.com/

Liysa Swart www.liysanorthon.com

Portland Women’s Crisis Line: 503.235.5333 http://pwcl.org/about/

Prison Pipeline on 02/11/13

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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MacLaren Youth Journalism Class

CARLOS CHAVEZ presents the MacLaren Youth Journalism Class 2011 Highlights, Part 2 of 2.

Prison Pipeline on 02/04/13

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Oregon Public Safety Commission Report

Karen James with Shannon Wight, Partnership for Safety & Justice, and Karen Meurer, Phoenix Rising Transitions, discuss the newly released Oregon Public Safety Commission's report and recommendations for prison reform.

Report:  http://www.oregon.gov/CJC/Pages/2012ComPubSaf.aspx 

Partnership for Safety & Justice http://www.safetyandjustice.org/

Phoenix Rising Transitions http://www.phoenix-rising-transitions.org/about

 

Prison Pipeline on 01/28/13

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Mon, 01/28/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Connecting with the Community Inside

Prison Pipeline on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Connecting with the Community Inside

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Alternatives to Detention

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Sun, 10/19/2008

Ruth Kovacs presented another report from CR10 - the gathering of more than 3000 folks who support strategy to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex.  She attended a workshop concerning alternatives to detention/incarceration.  We also heard an update on Mumia Abu-Jamal.

National STOPMAX Campaign - Taking the Next Steps

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Sun, 10/12/2008

Ruth shares a take of an interview she had with Lugman Abdullah at CR10.  Abdullah is the National STOPMAX Campaign Coordinator.  He shares his story about being locked up and then exonerated aver serving nine years on death row.  Ruth also talks about the documentary, After Innocence.

CR10 and Shotcaller Press - Part 2.

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Sun, 10/05/2008

On this one hour fundraising special of Prison Pipeline includes brief reviews of events that Ruth attended at CR10 in Oakland, CA.  Part 2 features a speech by Teresa Huggins from Shotcaller Press.

CR10 and Shotcaller Press - Part 1.

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Sun, 10/05/2008

On this one hour fundraising special of Prison Pipeline includes brief reviews of events that Ruth attended at CR10 in Oakland, CA.  Part 2 features a speech by Teresa Huggins from Shotcaller Press.

Hans Bennett - Journalists for Mumia

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Sun, 09/21/2008

Prison Pipeline presented an interview between host, Ruth Kovacs and telephone guest, Hans Bennett--a Philadelphia-based independent journalist and co-founder of Journalists for Mumia. They reviewed updated information on pending appeals for Mumia Abu-Jamall and current recent stories about his case.

 

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The importance of informed voting!

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Sun, 09/14/2008

Ruth reminds Prison Pipeline listeners of the importance of voting.  Mumia spoke about the November election and his thoughts on the candidates, then we heard from Goldie, an Obama supporter who has been registering folks now--to beat the October 14 deadline for registration, and finally Molly called to remind folks that 18 year olds, ex-felons, and homeless folks are all eligble to vote. We also featured original music by David Strechert about prison life.
 

Poetry from Prison and CR10 talk

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Mon, 09/01/2008

Jenka Soderberg - KBOO's News and Public Affairs director joins Ruth to share some poetry that was written by an incarcerated friend.  Ruth and Jenka are also visited on the phone with Rashad Shabazg to discuss the Tenth annual Critical Resistance event to be held in CA later this month.

Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

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Mon, 08/18/2008

Gretchen Vala from CURE and her sister Chris came in to the studio to talk with Ruth about how incarceration affects family members and loved ones.

Free Mumia

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Mon, 08/04/2008

Ruth Kovacs will have as her guest Shaun Carnahan--a Supporter of Mumia Abu-Jamal.   Carnahan has been in touch with Pam Africa and ICFFMAJ in Philadelphia and will be able to give us an update on the status of Mumia's plight. The news is not good. We'll want to hear what we can do to support the upcoming campaign to Free Mumia.  We need to put a lot of energy into outreach.

Mandatory Minimum Sentences

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Mon, 07/28/2008

Ruth interviews David Rogers, who is the president of Partnerships for Safety and Justice.  They discuss Kevin Mannix's ballot measure that would require mandatory minimum sentences for multitude of crimes, many of which are non violent.

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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