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, Adam Carpinelli, Justin Chapin, and Stephanie Guy 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

 


Episode Archive

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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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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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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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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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Mon, 03/04/2013 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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