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, Sarah Vitak 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.

 
Please feel free to connect with us with any questions, comments or suggestions at   kbooppc@gmail.com
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Episode Archive

MacLaren Youth Beading the Odds

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/27/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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MacLaren Youth Beading the Odds
Beading the Odds is a group at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn where young men exercise their creative skills by beading. Volunteer Juanita Garnow Olson, who has worked with the group for the past two years, says that while she knows no single activity can turn around a troubled young person's life, many of the youth make jewelry gifts to give to family and friends, fulfilling a need to give back. The youth also have opportunities to sell their beaded products and use the money for education, restitution to their victims, or for child support. With the support of the Portland Bead Society, their work will be for sale at the Gathering of the Guilds at the Portland Convention Center on April 24, 25, and 26th. Kathleen Fullerton, M.S.

Undocumented Communities, ICE, & Portland

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Undocumented Communities, ICE, & Portland
Sarah Vitak interviews Romeo Sosa, the executive director of Voz, a workers' rights education project based in Portland, and Jonathan Irwin, former volunteer with No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths) in Tucson, Arizona. We’ll discuss incarceration and deportation of undocumented immigrants and the collaborations between Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) and the Portland Police Bureau. http://portlandvoz.org/
http://forms.nomoredeaths.org/en/

Organizing from Within: OSP Lakota Oyate Ki Club

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Organizing from Within: OSP Lakota Oyate Ki Club
Adam Carpinelli will interview Delphine Criscenzo and Jackie Malstrom from KBOO Community radio. Malstrom; the host and producer of Rose City Native Radio and Criscenzo have been visiting the Oregon State Penitentiary's Lakota Oyate Ki Club. The Lakota club is a Native American culture club located within the walls of the Oregon State Penitentiary. The Lakota Club is organized by Native inmates to provide quality programs and support to address the unique social, cultural, and economic needs of Native inmates. The organizers preserve, restore and sustain their Indian heritage and connection with the broader Native community. Rose City Native Radio will be celebrating its first anniversary.

Volunteering in Prison

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Volunteering in Prison
Ruth Kovacs interviews David Kirkman, a volunteer with Phoenix Rising Transitions, about his involvement with prison issues.

PSJ Lobby Day

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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PSJ Lobby Day
In March, Partnership for Safety & Justice held their Lobby Day at the capitol in Salem. PSJ members met with their legislators to discuss support for continued justice reinvestment efforts, ensure adequate service levels for victims of domestic violence and allow earned review for Oregon youth. Karen James interviews Andy Ko, PSJ’s new executive director; Jayne Downing, executive director of Salem’s Center for Hope and Safety, and two mothers of teens who faced Oregon Measure 11 charges.
Partnership for Safety & Justice http://www.safetyandjustice.org/
Center for Hope & Safety http://hopeandsafety.org/
Faith V. Love, Oregon Youth Authority Family Engagement Coordinator 503-373-7434 Email faith.love@state.or.us

Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part Two

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part Two
On February 9th at Portland State University  Maya Schenwar read from and discussed her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better. Maya's book looks at how prison breaks community ties and enacts violence which continues after release, making communities less safe and in particular, decimating communities of color. Maya's book envisions a future beyond incarceration where our responses to harm are community based and foster connection and reconciliation rather than isolation. She profiles community based initiatives that are beginning to make this vision a reality. This initial reading and discussion by Maya aired on February, 23rd (http://kboo.fm/lockeddownlocke).

Women in Prison Conference

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Women in Prison Conference
On February 7, 2015, the 12th annual Women in Prison Conference was held at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland. Karen James interviews keynote speaker, Emily Salisbury, Ph.D.; Barbara Aldave, founder & president of The Portia Project; Kasia Rutledge, Attorney, Metropolitan Public Defenders; and Susie Leavell, Program Administrator, Washington State Department of Corrections. The event was presented by The Portia Project and Oregon Justice Resource Center. http://ojrc.info/ http://www.theportiaproject.org/

Re-entry Ex-Cons

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Re-entry Ex-Cons
Ruth Kovacs speaks with Dan from Phoenix Rising Transitions.  Dan was incarcerated at 17 years old and released from prison in October 2014 after serving 17 years.  

Intersecting Imperialism and Industrial Complexes: Prison and Military

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Intersecting Imperialism and Industrial Complexes: Prison and Military
Adam Carpinelli will interview Dan Shea, a long time activist for human rights, anti-war, Latin American Solidarity, GI resistance and more. Dan is an active member of Veterans for Peace (VFP) Chapter 72. VFP is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace with140 chapters worldwide educating the public and advocating for a dismanting of the war economy. The discussion will focus on the intersections of the Prison and Military Industrial complexes. The connections between the two are highly overlooked linking U.S. imperialism, the global economy and the hyper-militarization of the police. http://www.vfpchapter72.org./ http://www.veteransforpeace.org/

Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One
Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One
On February 9th at Portland State University  Maya Schenwar read from and discussed her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better. Maya's book looks at how prison breaks community ties and enacts violence which continues after release, making communities less safe and in particular, decimating communities of color. Maya's book envisions a future beyond incarceration where our responses to harm are community based and foster connection and reconciliation rather than isolation. She profiles community based initiatives that are beginning to make this vision a reality. Maya Schenwar is the editor-in-chief of independent news and commentary source, Truthout (truth-out.org).

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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

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Prison Pipeline
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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
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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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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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