The Oregon Attorney General's Task Force is lobbying for passage of a law that would extend the statute of limitations on sex crimes. Proponents say the present time limits make it difficult to prosecute crimes that often take place over periods of many years followed sometimes by even longer periods before victims come forward to report the crime. But will more prosecutions create more justice for the victims and the community as well as address the underlying causes for this social problem?
Toronto Star, award winning journalist, Michelle Shepherd discusses her book Guantanamo's Child; The Untold Story of Omar Khadr. Khadr is a Canadian citizen who was a wounded fifteen year old when taken into custody by the US military in Afghanistan. He has spent the past six years in the Guantanamo Prison Camp and is on the governments short list to face a Military Tribunal. Ms Shepherd has covered his story since 2002 and interviewed others in his life extensively.
The Seattle University School of Law and the non-profit One America relaease reportor on Human Rights violations found at The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington. The report follows an eight month study on the 1,000 detainnee facility used to hold people awaiting immigration status hearings.
Angola 3 defendant Albert Woodfox had his 1973 comviction for the killing of Angola prison guard overturned by a federal judge in Lousisiana. This is a significant victory for former Black Panther, Woodfox who was held in solitary confinement for over 34 years.
Ruth interviews David Rogers, who is the president of Partnerships for Safety and Justice. They discuss Kevin Mannix's ballot measure that would require mandatory minimum sentences for multitude of crimes, many of which are non violent.
Viable options for saving the planet and making life better; a novel about mending family ties; The New Yorker's Obama cartoon cover; and the history of victims' rights -- all these are discussed by the Old Moles on this show hosted by Tom Becker, who plays some of Billy Bragg's versions of Woody Guthrie songs. Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow above. Hear individual segments by following their links below:
Old Mole Variety Hour -- interviews and reviews from an underground perspective
What happens to victims when their assailants are given "guilty except for insanity" sentences, as in the Richard Gillmore case? Portland Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with Jan Haaken. Book Mole Larry Bowlden will discuss Elizabeth Berg’s novel The Art of Mending. And Bill Resnick interviews Guy Dauncey about the technologies apppropriate for a greener and more democratic earth.
Reggae Bob, An old friend to Prison Pipeline, joins Ruth for this episode to discuss a new ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in July, 2008. California prisons must be integrated after years of racial segregation. We at Prison Pipeline will keep an eye on this new ruling.