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, 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.

 
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Episode Archive

Activist scholar Dan Berger

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Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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
Air date: 
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
Air date: 
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
Air date: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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
Short Description: 
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
Air date: 
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
Short Description: 
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).

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Rep. Mitch Greenlick Interview

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 05/03/2010
Rep. Mitch Greenlick shared his position on several prison issues. He spoke about mandatory sentencing, the importance of rehab programs and his opinion of the death penalty. Thank you, sir. Folks can find him on his website: www.greenlick.com, or send an email to his office: mitchgreenlick@msn.com. NEXT WEEK:(May 10) Carliner Boston from Better People, and May 17, Sen. Chip Shields will be our Prison Pipeline guests. Be sure to support KBOO during their current Membership Drive.
  • Length: 28:18 minutes (25.91 MB)
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Karen James Interview

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/26/2010
The two items in the Oregonian concerning Greg Smith’s visit to Two Rivers were reviewed. Karen James, who wrote the follow up letter to the Oregonian read her letter, then presented information about services to the mentally ill who are incarcerated. If you want one of the fliers she described, contact Partnerships for Safety and Justice. Tele: 503/335-8449, or the web site: http://www.safetyandjustice.org.
  • Length: 28:25 minutes (26.02 MB)
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Meet Laura Taylor

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 04/19/2010

Prison Pipeline introduced KBOO volunteer, Laura Taylor to our listeners. Laura has joined KBOO recently. She previously worked with prisoners in Washington DC and shared information about programs there. Now, she has volunteered to help with Prison Pipeline and other projects that Ruth Kovacs pursues with prisoners. We also had a call from Erika Spaet from Partnerships for Safety and Justice. This Saturday, April 24, in Salem, PS&J will bring together folks from across the state to discuss their movement and plans for the coming year. I encourage listeners to attend this event. For more information and to register, there is no charge—just call Erika. Come share speakers, workshops, entertainment and lunch. Laura and I will be there. Will you?
 
Check out the photo of Laura and Ruth.
 
COMING EVENTS:   April 24 - PS&J Gathering in Salem
Call 503/835-4401 – Erika Spaet at PS&J –
email: erika@safetyandjustice.org
May 22 – Uhuru Sa Sa     Presents 2010 Poetry Slam
                                    Call 503/378-2289 or email: Jaime.A.Rodriguez@doc.state.or.us
                                    June 19 – 2010 OSP Car & Bike Show 33rd Annual Event
                                    Call 503/378-2289-Ray Austin, email:ray.t.Austin@doc.state.or.us
  • Length: 26:32 minutes (12.15 MB)
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Jeremiah Stromberg interview

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 04/12/2010
Jeremiah Stromberg, Exec. Director of OR Parole Board answered questions about the Parole procedures. You can learn more at http://www.oregon.gov/bopps. If we have more questions, he will return!
  • Length: 28:00 minutes (25.64 MB)
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Noelle Hanrahan interview

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 04/05/2010
A very special guest! Noelle Hanrahan, who presents the commentaries by Mumia Abu-Jamal from death row, shared and update on Mumia. She writes and speaks to him often and assured us that although he has periods of being discouraged by the treatment of the courts, he is again in good spirits and always appreciates hearing from folks. His address is: Mumia Abu-Jamal AM-8335 S.C.I. Greene 175 Progress Drive Waynesburg, PA 15370
  • Length: 25:14 minutes (23.1 MB)
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Emily Posner interview

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/29/2010
Emily Posner called from Maine to tell us about the movement to end or limit periods of solitary confinement for prisoners. Her comments focus on Maine, but certainly apply to most prisons in the U.S. Sorry to say, we had some technical problems, so we just uploaded “the best we could”. To learn more, try to Google: Emily Posner – Maine Prisons and see how the vote went for 1611.
  • Length: 19:48 minutes (18.12 MB)
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Big Brothers, Big Sisters

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/22/2010

Three guests from Big Brothers, Big Sisters joined us in the KBOO studio. Lynne Thompson, the CEO, William Waterman, a Big Brother, and Gail, the mother of two boys who are mentored by Big Brothers. This program welcomes calls from both volunteers and folks who would like the services of Big Brothers or Big Sisters for their children. For more information, call 503-249-4859, or go to the web site – bbbsnorthwest.org.

 

Home for Good

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010
Home for Good sent a guest this week. Check this out to hear about another fine program right here in Portland.
  • Length: 27:53 minutes (25.52 MB)
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Bridges to Change

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/01/2010

Jeff Baynes from Bridges to Change shared some stories and talked about the program.

***NOTE*** NEXT WEEK – Prison Pipeline will NOT BE ON. KBOO will be presenting special programming for WOMEN’S DAY. Be sure to tune in.
 

  • Length: 28:07 minutes (25.75 MB)
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Curtis Lofton Interview

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 02/15/2010

After serving 15 years, Curtis Lofton talked to us from Texas to tell us how he’s doing.  Curtis, an African American is unemployed. He didn’t learn a skill or get additional education while incarcerated, however he is clean and dry, optimistic and has a positive attitude. He is grateful for the support of his family and friends. We thank him for sharing his thoughts with us.

  • Length: 22:31 minutes (20.62 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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