What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness?
What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness? Should we have more mental health treatment in prison -- or should we work to abolish our prison system?
Daniel Hazen spent three years in prison and experienced firsthand the ways prison creates madness. Today he is director of Voices of the Heart, a leading support agency run by and for people in recovery from a diagnosis of mental illness.
Norm Diamond and Abigail Singer co-host today's special May Day Old Mole, which focuses on the Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and events expected for May Day. We hear:
Host KAREN JAMES with Jeffrey Chilson, DDA Outreach Specialist; Corbett Monica of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon; and Ginger Martin, Assistant Director, Department of Corrections Transitional Services.
Studies show that almost three-quarters of prisoners with mental disorders also have a substance use disorder. This is known as dual diagnosis.
Karen and guests discuss dual diagnosis anonymous programs inside prison and in our communities. Jeffrey Chilson, who is dually diagnosed, tells his compelling story of recovery after being shot 18 times by Portland police and serving 10 years in prison; and Ginger Martin informs us how the Department of Corrections prepares prisoners with special needs for re-entry into their communities.
MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility is the largest youth prison in Oregon. The majority of the youth housed there serve long sentences of five years or more. While serving time there, the youth live on units referred to as cottages. These are basically dorms that the young people spend most of their time in. They have time for exercise at the gym, they can pick up jobs during the day, go to school and have “group.”
Walidah Imarisha on the history of Blacks in Oregon and race relations in the United States. Samantha Taylor and Del Criscenzo ask Walidah about the peculiar history of African Americans in Oregon and Portland and openly talk about the "isms" that continue to impact our society. Walidah is a historian, a reporter, a poet, a spoken word artist, a documentary film maker, a writer and a community organizer. She teaches for the Black Studies department at Portland State University and in the Women’s Studies Department at Oregon State University. This Spring term you can take her class on the History of the Black Panther Party at PSU, and a class on race, gender and empire in Disney films at OSU.
Grace E Reed interviews Cindy Thompson founder/director of Destiny Network. Cindy is an author and advocate of restorative justice and prison reform working with inmates and their children. She is instrumental in creating new policies for employment and wages while incarcerated. Her work's focus is to positively affect rehabilitation, reduction of recidivism and re-entry.
In this episode, Megan Vosk asks a local professor to share her knowledge about gendered pathways to crime. Emily Salisbury is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at Portland State University who teaches a class called "Women, Crime, and Justice". Her research explores the unique needs and risks of women offenders in prison settings.