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, 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

Parenting from Prison

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/22/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Parenting from Prison
Karen James with Nova Sweet and Melissa Vitellaro who recently released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. While in prison both women participated in the Family Preservation Project, a holistic, evidence-based program that helped incarcerated women reunite with their children, learn parenting skills and reconcile with their families. At the end of 2014,  Oregon Department of Corrections canceled the program and Nova and Melissa, along with others, are working toward legislation that will insure that Oregon prioritizes the needs of children with incarcerated moms.
Sign the Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/keep-a-prison-program?mailing_id=29407&...

Fighting the Sweeps: Portland Police & Mass Displacement

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/15/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Fighting the Sweeps: Portland Police & Mass Displacement
Adam Carpinelli will interview members of Multnomah County Copwatch, Don't Shoot Portland and Right 2 Survive currently collaborating on a new anti-sweeps project. The Portland Police Department has just announced a new campaign on behalf of Mayor Charlie Hales to "sweep" many of the local homeless camps from the city.

Voices from Solitary

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/08/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Voices from Solitary
On May 13, 2015, a film screening of Herman’s House was followed by panelists Tom Hastings, Phillip Gurule, Tammy Wilkins, and Gretchen Vala, who shared solitary confinement experiences. Although the United Nations calls it torture, 80,000 prisoners across the United States are in solitary confinement. This includes our youth, pregnant women, and people with mental illness locked in small, windowless cells with no contact for the major part of each day. The negative psychological effects of isolation are well documented. This event Voices from Solitary was organized by Corrine Fletcher and sponsored by PSU Students United for Nonviolence. Artwork is by Jaime Amaya.

Ban the Box Campaign

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/01/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ban the Box Campaign
Ruth Kovacs with Patty Katz. In April 2015, the Oregon House of Representatives passed HB 3025 which will prohibit employers from including questions about applicants’ criminal history on job applications. It is backed by The Fair Chance for All coalition, a group of more than 50 organizations in Oregon. If the legislature passes HB 3025, Oregon will join 100 jurisdictions and 16 states that have already banned the box--a critical step in giving qualified job applicants who’ve paid their debts to society a fair chance at rebuilding their lives. http://www.fairchanceforall.com/
HB 3025 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB3025

Activist scholar Dan Berger

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 05/25/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Activist scholar Dan Berger
Adam Carpinelli interviews activist scholar Dan Berger. Berger recently completed Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era which examines the crucial role that Black Prisoners played in the Black freedom struggle and a slim primer on U.S. Political Prisoners, entitled The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States. Berger will discuss his recent works and national organizing around prison justice and supporting Political Prisoners. For more information: www.danberger.org

A Chat with Chaplain of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 05/18/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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A Chat with Chaplain of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Host Amy Johnson will interview  Rev. Dr. Emily Brault, chaplain at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon's only women's correctional facility. As Chaplain, she has an intimate understanding of the lives of the women at Coffee Creek and of our broken criminal justice system. She is an advocate for sentencing reform, restorative justice and creating a culture of support, integrity and care in our society so that our injured and hurting people are no longer forced into prisons. We will ask listener's questions that are posted on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/prisonpipeline or emailed to kbooppc@gmail.com.

MacLaren Youth Journalism Class

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 05/11/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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MacLaren Youth Journalism Class
Hosts Amy Johnson and Karen James present audio from radio journalism students at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. The youth discuss clemency, the school-to-prison-pipeline and perform spoken word. The MacLaren Radio Journalism class is a partnership between Morpheus Youth Project, Hope Partnership, and KBOO 90.7 fm community radio. KBOO producer Carlos Chavez has been the instructor for the weekly MacLaren Radio Journalism class for 5 years. Carlos trains the youth to become KBOO-certified radio journalists. Kathleen Fullerton, M.S.

Transitioning from Prison

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 05/04/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Transitioning from Prison
Ruth Kovacs interviews ex-con Justin Woodruff, a house mentor for the Phoenix Rising Transitions home. In addition to supervising other ex-cons as they transition from prison to the community, Justin is enrolled in college and working toward a degree in social services. http://www.phoenix-rising-transitions.org/

MacLaren Youth Beading the Odds

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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/

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Mid Valley Mentors

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 12/06/2010

Mid Valley Mentors was represented by Suzanne Jorgensen, Communications & Development Director and Alex El’Dabaa, the RSP Match Support Specialist.

You can become a mentor and help someone transition out of incarceration back into society. For more information about this fine Mentoring program, call, 503.584.4827 or go to their website, www.MidValleyMentors.org. They are located at 3030 Center St. NE in Salem.

  • Title: Mid Valley Mentors
  • Length: 27:01 minutes (24.73 MB)
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Tim King from Salem-News comments on the William Coleman case

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 11/22/2010

The editor and founder of Salem-News, Tim King, told us about his investigation of the William Coleman case. Our conversation explored racism at OSP, and in Oregon. You can read more articles written by Tim at www.salem-news.com or you can e-mail him at tim@Salem-News.com. His reports are thorough, well done and diverse.

Enjoy the holidays and thank you for listening to Prison Pipeline.
 

  • Length: 28:09 minutes (25.77 MB)
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Dave Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread

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Mon, 11/15/2010

Dave Dahl, a friend to prisoners and folks on the outside who advocate for improving the prison system, was our telephone guest tonight. Ruth and Dave talked about the importance of maintaining relationships with family and friends during incarceration.

  • Length: 27:22 minutes (4.7 MB)
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An evening with Solara McFarland

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Mon, 11/01/2010

Solara McFarland, recovering addict, ex-con and now an advocate of prison reform talked about House Bill 2442.

Also, since you're interested in prison issues, be sure to check the Street Roots Auction. You can join Ruth and a distinguished guest for an Italian or Hungarian dinner at Ruth's house. Check these links for details.

http://streetrootsauction.org/content/dinner-and-politics-1-talking-pris...

http://streetrootsauction.org/content/dinner-and-politics-2-talking-pris...

http://streetrootsauction.org/content/four-one-hour-piano-lessons-w-ruth...

 

Junior talks about life before and after prison

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/25/2010

Our guest, Junior has been in six maximum-security prisons in the last twenty years. Twenty-seven years ago he became a skinhead and is one of the five founding members of the White Nights. In 1996, his life changed and he is now a student and an active advocate for youth and prisoners.

Updates on Mumia and November elections

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 10/18/2010

We heard from Shawn Carnahan, who provided updates on Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Erika Spaet who shared the position Partnership, Safety and Justice has taken on some of the the November election issues.

If you appreciate Prison Pipeline and the other fine programs presented on KBOO, call in your pledge or click on the tip jar on the right hand corner of this website to help support this station.
 

Ailsa Weisnewski and Blacque Butterfly perform

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 10/11/2010

Another Membership Drive night! Tonight we had two fine guests – Blacque Butterfly, presented a few spoken word pieces and Ailsa Weisnewski sang a few songs. Thank you all for listening and I hope some of you called in Membership Pledges to KBOO. If you didn’t get a chance, remember you can pledge anytime – and we hope you mention Prison Pipeline when you do. Be sure to see our photo.

Ailsa Weisnewski performs

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 10/04/2010

It’s Membership Drive night, so we wanted to do something special—and we did! Our guest Ailsa Weisnewski, sang while she strummed her guitar. We heard two original songs (one of them based on a poem Ruth Kovacs shared with Ailsa), a Bob Dylan song (when sung by Ailsa didn’t sound anything like Bob Dylan), and “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” closed our show.

Thanks to those who called in and pledged!
 

Attorney Walter Ledesma shares his experiences

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 09/27/2010

Prison Pipeline guest was Walter Ledesma, Attorney at Law, who has worked with hundreds of incarcerated folks during his career. The discussion covered parole (including a short history), Ballot Measure 11, the death penalty, a Parole Board update and more.

Walter Ledesma can be contacted by telephone, 503.981.0101, at his office in Woodburn, or for more information, go to the website, www.kleinhand.com.
 

Ballot Measure 73

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 09/20/2010

Caylor Roling, Prison Program Director from Partnership for Safety and Justice talked to the Prison Pipeline listeners about Ballot Measure #73, introduced by Kevin Mannix. PS&J advocates a “NO” vote on this measure.

  • Title: Ballot Measure 73
  • Length: 25:44 minutes (23.56 MB)
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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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