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, Stephanie Guy, 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 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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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/

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YWCA's TOP program for women

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Mon, 09/13/2010

Visitors from YWCA’s TOP Program talked about women transitioning out of incarceration.. Robyn Fountain, Program Manager of Transition Services and Suzi Penn, graduate of the TOP Program each had observations to share with Prison Pipeline listeners.

Labor Day Special

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Mon, 09/06/2010

Toby Green from the Laborers Union was the Prison Pipeline guest for our Labor Day program. Ruth and Toby discussed the prison work programs and the union jobs that some programs replace. We asked the question, “Is the Oregon prison work program “slave labor?”

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  • Length: 28:26 minutes (26.04 MB)
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Hands Across the Bridge

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Mon, 08/30/2010

Harry Olsen, from Phoenix Rising Transitions, brought friends to our Prison Pipeline listeners to support the Hands Across the Bridge event Sept. 6. Anne O’Malley, from ROAR and Stan Aschenbrenner, a member of Lake Oswego United Methodist Church—an affiliate of MACG 9the Metrorpolitan Alliance for Common Good, each shared their stories. Each participant helped us understand why “Now more than ever” we need to support the alcohol and drug addiction recovery programs.

 

Come join the celebration: Hands Across the Bridge – When? 10 a.m., September 6, Labor Day – Where? The Red Lion, 909 N. Hayden Island or on the Washington side: Esther Short Park, 301 W 8th Street, Vancouver.

For more info www.handsacrossthebridge.org. or August 20, Street Roots, p.13.

Teddy Hall from OSP

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Mon, 08/23/2010

Teddy Hall, released June 28, 2010 from OSP in Salem, shared his experiences and the challenges of re-entry. With the support of his family, friends, parole officer and several transition programs in Multnomah County, Teddy has 40 hour a week employment, housing, and plans to continue his education. He’s just 3 courses short of the 2 year degree that he worked on while incarcerated.

Next week, tune in to hear more about the Hands Across the Bridge event, September 6.
And Monday, Sept. 6, Prison Pipeline will honor Labor Day by discussing the work programs in prison.
 

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Controlling Community Violence

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Mon, 08/16/2010

Facilitator, Frank Sarvello, told us about the program, Controlling Community Violence, presented by the University of Wisconsin. The participants in the program were first time offenders that wound up in the Correctional System.

Next week, August 23, Ted Hall, who was recently released from OSP, will be our guest. He’ll share some of the challenges presented by re-entry. And August 30, we’ll be talking to friends from Phoenix Rising Transitions about the coming event, Hands Across the Bridge.

ROAR/RTC!!

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Mon, 08/09/2010

Peter Pincetl, from ROAR and their Reentry Transition Center, talked to us about those programs. Please note: If you missed the KBOO Special on August 6, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, you can find it on KBOO.fm – the front page.

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Gretchen Vala Interview

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Mon, 06/21/2010
Gretchen Vala, whose son has been incarcerated for five and a half years, now volunteers her time as president of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE). We discussed her work and focused on the Parole process.
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What's up with the Oregon Legislature?

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Mon, 06/14/2010

Caylor Rolings from Partnerships for Safety and Justice called Prison Pipeline to let our listeners know that proposed prison budget cuts should be avoided or at least scrutinized carefully. Caylor encouraged folks to write to legislators or a Letter to the Editor at the Oregonian on this issue. Next was a recent recorded interview between Ruth Kovacs and Representative Peter Buckley, who stated his position on several prison issues. Hopefully voters will know as much as possible about the candidates on the September ballot, especially their position on prison issues. 
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2010 Poetry Slam

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Mon, 05/24/2010
The three winners of the 2010 Poetry Slam presented by Uhuru Sa-Sa at OSP will read their poems.
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Chip Shields Interview

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Mon, 05/17/2010
Senator Chip Shields was tonight’s guest. Don’t miss his comments. His concern for prison issues is evident. Chip answered a few questions submitted by prisoners, and spoke quite a bit about Measure 11.
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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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