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, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson, Ruth Kovacs and Emma Lugo 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

Pell Grants for Prisoners

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Pell Grants for Prisoners
Karen James and Gretchen Vala, OregonCure, discuss the Obama administration’s recent announcement for a new federal grant program to pay for college for state and federal prisoners. Congress banned prisoners from being eligible for Pell grants in 1994. Nationwide 43.3% of formerly incarcerated individuals are likely to return to prison within three years of release, the likelihood drops to 5.6% for Bachelor’s degree recipients and less than 1% for Master’s degree recipients. The maximum Pell grant award this year is $5,775; grants do not have to be repaid. Prisoners eligible for release will be enrolled in a Pell grant pilot project. The ban on Pell grants cannot be lifted without Congressional approval. If passed, HR 2521 will reinstate Federal Pell Grants to prisoners.

Free Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier!

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Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Free Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier!
Adam Carpinelli will interview Peter Clark, co-director of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. Leonard Peltier is a long term u.s.-held Indigenous Political Prisoner. Peltier has been locked away for 38 years in federal prison, wrongly convicted for the murder of two FBI agents during a shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. The incident at Oglala, which Peltier is framed for, takes us back to the violent confrontations at Wounded Knee and Pine Ridge in the seventies, and then to today’s Indian reservations where the government’s plans for uranium mining and waste dumping are still being resisted by Native activists.

ICE Out of Oregon, End Detentions and Deportations Now

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/17/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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ICE Out of Oregon, End Detentions and Deportations Now

On July 9th, 2015 as part of a national week of action to #EndDetention the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition organized a rally which called for: the end the collaboration between Portland police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an end to deportations so families can stay together, the end of detention and the ICE bed quota, and for the closure of private prisons and detention centers. The Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition is a coalition of local immigrant rights, faith, and labor groups, including leaders in the national #Not1More campaign, the New Sanctuary Movement, and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.

Homeless & Harassed

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Homeless & Harassed
Emma Lugo discusses street harassment of homeless people by the Portland police. Her guest talks about homelessness, arrests by the police and about his time in the jail. We’ll hear audio of his arrest.

Life after Sex Offense Conviction

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Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Life after Sex Offense Conviction
Ruth Kovacs interviews Debbi Parkins whose brother, Steve, released from prison two years ago this month.  Steve served 8 years convicted as a sex offender. 

Debtors’ Prisons: Past and Present

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Debtors’ Prisons: Past and Present
Adam Carpinelli will interview activists Daniel Hong and Michael Wilson with Strike Debt Portland and Bay Area chapters. The discussion will focus on the historical significance of debtors’ prisons and recent trends to criminalize financial obligations. Strike Debt formed in 2012 from Occupy Wall St. and is a nationwide movement of debt resisters fighting for democratic alternatives to the debt system. With stagnant wages, systemic unemployment and public service cuts, we are forced to go into debt for our basic human needs like housing, education and healthcare. Debt is a major source of power for Wall Street that keeps us isolated, ashamed, and afraid.

Marijuana Legalization in Oregon, What to Expect

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Marijuana Legalization in Oregon, What to Expect
On June 30th, 2015, the day before adult recreational use of marijuana became legal in Oregon, leaders of the drug reform movement held a press conference at the ACLU office in downtown Portland. Speaking about why legalization matters, what to expect, and what’s next for the drug reform movement. We will air the audio of the press conference. U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon has championed several federal legislative efforts to reform marijuana laws, he provided an update on efforts at the federal level. Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson who co-wrote the new marijuana law and led the campaign to pass it, explained why a legal approach to marijuana is better for Oregon.

War on Drugs Legacy

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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War on Drugs Legacy
Emma Lugo interviews author Dave Truhlar. With legalization fresh in the minds of Oregonians we will take a look back at the legacy of the war on drugs. Though we live in “The land of the free” we imprison more of our fellow citizens than any other country on Earth. It’s an epidemic, brought on by fear-mongering politics and a complete lack of foresight and common sense. Here it is, the end result of “The War on Drugs”- the children in low income areas grow up with Mom or Dad constantly in and out of prison, with little hope to do anything but one day end up in a cell themselves.

Challenges After Incarceration

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Challenges After Incarceration
Ruth Kovacs interviews Tim “Cowboy” Stevens about his recent release from Columbia River Correctional Institution and the challenges of reentry.

MacLaren Radio Journalism

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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MacLaren Radio Journalism
Old School PPC Producer Carlos Chavez pops in to host another special edition of MacLaren Community Voice. Carlos presents segments recorded by his Radio Journalism students who interview during campus events at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility such as the Write Around Portland readings. They also cover a special visit in Break Dance group with guests from New Birth Crew and Tru Roots.

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, located in Woodburn, is Oregon’s largest youth correctional facility. http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

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Ruth's Last Show! Dave's Killer Bread, Dave Dahl

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 06/27/2011

Ruth Kovac will be loved and missed,  in this last episode she interviews Dave Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread and how his company continues to help ex-con's to get on their feet and stay on the right path.

Prison Pipeline will continue to air and stay on the mission of justice,  progress,  and hope.

Stay tuned for more great episodes!

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Ruth Interviews Grace Reed

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 05/30/2011

Grace Reed, whose work focuses on what needs to change, especially with addiction issues with at-risk youths, the homeless and the community, was our telephone interview guest. More about the work Grace Reed does can be found at www.negotiatingshadows.com. Her website will also describe the two books she has written about at-risk youths.

The next ROAR Quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15th from 1:30 to 3:30. The meeting will start with the premiere screening of “The Next Right Thing”, a video on re-entry and employment. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with several employers around why they will hire and will not hire formerly incarcerated people, and how we can make it happen more often. The meeting will be held at the Mercy Corps HQ in downtown Portland at 45 SW Ankeny Street. Parking is available at a Smartpark on 33 NW Davis and the MAX Skidmore Fountain Red and Blue line stop is just one block west. Refreshments will be provided.
 

Laure Clemons, Executive Director of Extended Family

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 05/16/2011

On tonight's show, Host Ruth Kovacs interviewed Laure Clemons, Executive Director of Extended Family, a support system for families of prisoners.

To learn more about the organization or how you can start a chapter in your community, you can go to www.extendedfamilysupport.org or you can mail a letter to P.O. Box 26 Centre, AL 35960 asking for information.

You can also reach Laure Clemons at 257.927.9772 or emailing extendedfamily@tds.net.

To read more on Laure and her organization, check out the April 15th issue of Street Roots.

 

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Bob's family shares some updates

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/18/2011

Ruth gives an update about Bob, who was the first prisoner she ever visited. Even though the interview with his family has some static, it gives a good picture of families doing the time with their loved one.

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Gary Sims, Administrator for Oregon Prison Programs

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/04/2011

Gary Sims, administrator of religious programs, victims services and volunteer programs for the state of Oregon discussed with Ruth the importance of maintaining quality programs in the prison system.

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Pregnant Women in Prison

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/28/2011

Brenda Escobar, friend and engineer for Prison Pipeline, presented a report about pregnant women in prison. She talked about the cruel and unusual hardships these women face, as well as some of the legislature that is working on changing the system. (Thank you, Brenda – good job!)

ANNOUNCING A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Someone is needed to help Books for Prisoners. Once every week (or two) about ten boxes of donated books can be picked up in Beaverton and delivered to Books for Prisoners to Alex. For more information, call Alex at 503.740.4375 or email him at pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net.

Anyone who helps out would be doing a really fine thing for the prisoners in Oregon.

Next week, April 4, 2011, the Prison Pipeline guest will be Gary Sims, the Oregon state administrator of Religious Services and volunteer programs.
 

Portland Youth Builders

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

Recently I was asked to speak to a class about prison issues at Portland Youth Builders. This non-profit organization is committed to providing long term support for low income youth who have dropped out of high school.

Contact information: To become a student call 503/286-9350 – Ext 259, or to make a donation call (same number) 503/286-9350 – Ext 243.

 A special thanks to the students and staff at Portland Youth Builders for their hospitality and for doing what they do.

Women in Prison Special

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Tue, 03/08/2011

For International Women's Day, Prison Pipeline brings you an hour long special focused on women in prison. We bring you excerpts from plays, music and poetry all created by women in prison. We share with you the history of female incarceration and the state of current women prison issues. We also bring you voices of women who have been incarcerated or have a loved one in prison.

Thanks for listening.

Welcome Gretchen Vala and Meredith Wexler from Oregon CURE

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

On tonight's show, Prison Pipeline welcomes back Gretchen Vala from Oregon CURE. Gretchen brings with her Meredith Wexler. Meredith is an Oregon CURE board of directors member and mother of a recently incarcerated son. She shared her personal story with us, discussed Measure 11 and how she has benefited from being a part of Oregon CURE.

For more information about Oregon CURE, visit their website at www.oregoncure.org

If you have any questions, comments, show ideas or feedback, please email us at prisonpipeline@gmail.com

Juveniles Serving Life Without Parole

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

On tonight's show, Ruth and Brenda will be discussing the issue of juveniles serving life without parole in adult prisons throughout the nation.

Share your thoughts with us about this issue. Email us at prisonpipeline@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you.

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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