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

Prison Pipeline on 05/27/13

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Mon, 05/27/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Immigrant Detention

Carlos Chavez interviews Stephen Manning, a partner at Immigrant Law Group PC.  Manning is a member of the Amicus Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association on which he coordinates nationwide litigation strategies to advance the rights of immigrants and asylees. He has received many national and local awards for his work on behalf of immigrants and refugees including  the Jack Wasserman award for Excellence in Immigration Litigation, the Edith Lowenstein award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law. As a member of the legal team at ILG, he received the Gerald R Robinson Award for Excellence in Litigation.

Prison Pipeline on 05/20/13

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Multnomah County Mental Health Court

Karen James interviews Jean Dentinger, program manager of Multnomah County Diversion Court, along with Matthew, Chris and Dale who share their experiences with Mental Health Court. As people with mental illness continue to cycle in and out of jails and prisons at unprecedented rates, Mental Health Court is a diversion program designed to help improve public safety by reducing criminal recidivism; improve the quality of life of people with mental illnesses and increase their participation in effective treatment. 

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous http://ddaoforegon.com/

NAMI-National Alliance on Mental Illness http://www.nami.org/

Prison Pipeline on 05/13/13

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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Wrongful Convictions

A Community of Voices interview with Jim Petro, former Ohio Attorney General and author of "False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent".

Prison Pipeline on 05/06/13

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Mon, 05/06/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Portland Youth Builders

Students from Portland Youth Builders alternative high school provide their
perspective on incarceration. They share stories and experiences about
friends and loved ones behind bars. They also take a look at what is going
on with the disproportionate numbers of people of color spending time in
jail for non-violent offences.

Portland Youth Builders http://pybpdx.org/

Prison Pipeline on 04/29/13

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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Sex Offenders & Public Misperceptions

Karen James with Johneen Manno, an Oregon Certified Sex Offender Clinical Therapist, who specializes in the treatment of adjudicated, mandated adult males and females who have been convicted of a sexual offense. Ninety-three percent of Oregon’s prison population return to their communities at some point. Those returning include people convicted of a sex crime. According to the Oregon State Police, there are over 19,000 registered sex offenders in Oregon.  Of these, 4% are highest risk to reoffend and are posted to the state police website. Many people convicted of a sexual offense want to change their behaviors and seek treatment in our communities.

Prison Pipeline on 04/22/13

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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Peter Pincetl hosts Will Potter, reporter on environmental and animal rights movements

Join Host Peter Pincetl for a special Earth Day edition of Prison Pipeline. Peter discusses the environmental and animal rights movement as they relate to the justice system with Will Potter, award winning independent journalist and author of the book "Green is the New Red: an Insiders Account of a Social Movement Under Siege".

 

Visit Will's website at greenisthenewred.com

Prison Pipeline on 04/15/13

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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Juan Melendez exonerated death row inmate

Karen James interviews Juan Melendez who spent 17 years on Florida’s death row for a 1983 murder to which another man had repeatedly confessed--evidence prosecutors withheld.  In 2002 Juan Melendez was exonerated and released from prison.  As long as the death penalty remains a part of the American justice system, innocent people will continue to be sentenced to death.  Juan shares his story of injustice, survival and hope. 

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
http://www.oadp.org/

Oregon Justice Resource Center
http://ojrc.info/

Witness to Innocence
http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/

Prison Pipeline on 04/08/13

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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Keeping Love Alive During Incarceration

Ben & Sharon share with host Karen James how they kept their love alive during Ben’s 7-year incarceration. When Ben was sent to prison, they lost everything, but after 12 years of marriage, they were committed to keeping their relationship strong and healthy. They discuss their struggles during incarceration and the reality of reuniting upon Ben’s release.

Prison Pipeline on 04/01/13

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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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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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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

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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.

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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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