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, 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

Law & Disorder: The Prison Industrial Complex

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Law & Disorder: The Prison Industrial Complex
Adam Carpinelli will interview Ahjamu Umi a local activist from the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party. The discussion will focus on local organizing around prison issues and Political Prisoners. They will also discuss the upcoming 5th Annual Law & Disorder Conference that will be taking place at Portland State University, May 9-11. http://www.aaprp-intl.org/ www.lawandisorder.wordpress.com

Private Prison Divestment Campaign

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Private Prison Divestment Campaign

Justin Chapin with Jamie Trinkle, coordinator for the national Private Prison Divestment Campaign, discuss corporate greed and the campaign to urge public and private institutions to divest their holdings in private prison corporations.
http://www.enlaceintl.org

Doyal Smith, Executive Director, DDA of Oregon

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Doyal Smith, Executive Director, DDA of Oregon

Karen James with Doyal Smith, Executive Director of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon (DDA). DDA is a peer support group based on an authorized version of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous plus an additional 5 Steps that focus on Dual Diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse). DDA's unique 12 Steps Plus 5 Program offers *hope for achieving the promise of recovery."  DDA has held support groups in Columbia River Correctional Institution and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.  Contact DDA: (503) 222-6484 http://ddaoforegon.com/

Insight Development Group

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Insight Development Group

Adam Carpinelli interviews Mindy Johnston with the Insight Development Group. IDG is a comprised of community members, offenders and victims who seek to increase the number of restorative opportunities available to both incarcerated individuals and those affected by crime. It was originally formed by four inmates at Oregon State Correctional Institution under the guidance of the Institution’s Chaplain. http://www.insightdevelopmentgroup.org/

Immigration Detainees Hunger Strike

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Immigration Detainees Hunger Strike
Adam Carpinelli will interview Maru Mora Villalpando from Latino Advocacy in Seattle. Villapando will give an update on the detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. On March 7th, hundreds of immigration detainees began a hunger strike seeking better food and treatment. Some are seeking to be released on bond while their cases are heard. The privately owned detention facility south of Seattle is under contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house people being investigated for possible deportation. For more information: www.latinoadvocacy.org   Facebook: NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC

Steve Berger, Director, Washington County Community Corrections

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/24/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Steve Berger, Director, Washington County Community Corrections

Karen James with Steve Berger, Director, Washington County Community Corrections. In 2013 the Oregon legislature passed HB3194 to reduce the size and cost of our state prison system. HB3194 flat-lines prison growth over the next 5 years, and saves money with prison reforms such as reduced sentences and extended transitional leave. Funds saved were reinvested in Oregon counties for programs and services to help reduce prison intakes, protect the public and lower recidivism. Steve Berger discusses how Washington County Community Corrections plans to spend the $1,277,299 it received from the Justice Reinvestment Fund.

Clariner Boston, Better People

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Clariner Boston, Better People

Peter Pincetl with Clariner Boston, Executive Director, Better People. Better People is an established employment and counseling program solely dedicated to helping individuals who have legal histories find, keep and excel in well paying jobs with fair, decent employers. Better People offers four basic services: cognitive behavioral therapy, using Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT®); job readiness classes; assistance in gaining permanent employment; and, once employed, job retention services.     http://betterpeople.org/

Justin Chapin hosts: Private Prisons

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Justin Chapin hosts: Private Prisons

Justin Chapin hosts. The U.S. has a larger prison population than any other country in the world. While there are many reasons, part of the growing problem is the privatization of the prison system. The roll of the state in the penal system is now being shared with the corporate world. With monetary incentives for locking people up, corruption in our justice system is now prevalent for yet another reason.

Decolonizing Prisons and Supporting Prisoners

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Decolonizing Prisons and Supporting Prisoners

Adam Carpinelli is joined by local Portland activists involved in prison activism linking indigenous and global anti-colonial struggles. Work with groups like Portland Anarchist Black Cross and Portland Central America Solidarity Committee will be discussed. There are many great opportunities for people in Portland and internationally to support Prisoners and Political Prisoners.
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee- http://www.pcasc.net/
Portland Anarchist Black Cross- http://pdxabc.com/

Women in Prison Conference

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Women in Prison Conference
The 8th annual Women in Prison Conference was held Lewis & Clark Law School on February 1, 2014. The Conference was presented by The Portia Project and co-sponsored by the Oregon Justice Resource Center, ACLU of Oregon, and Soroptimist International of Eugene. Hear issues women face and ideas for reform as Karen James interviews the Honorable Darleen Ortega, Oregon Court of Appeals; Kim Brockamp, Oregon Dept. of Corrections; Liysa Swart, Voices Set Free; Susie Leavell, Washington State Dept. of Corrections; and others.

The Portia Project http://www.theportiaproject.org/
Oregon Justice Resource Center http://ojrc.info/
ACLU of Oregon http://aclu-or.org/

Audio

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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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
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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program: 
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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program: 
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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