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, Peter Pincetl, Justin Chapin, Stephanie Guy and Amy Johnson explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests. Hosts rotate weekly. Prison Pipeline's engineer is Danielle Parks.

 
Please feel free to connect with us with any questions, comments or suggestions at kbooppc@gmail.com

 


Coming Soon

Allyship in the New Age of Abolition
Rusty Butler, Siletz Tribal Member
 

Episode Archive

Allyship in the New Age of Abolition

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Allyship in the New Age of Abolition
Allyship in the New Age of Abolition: Assata Shakur & Political Prisoners

'Tough on Kids' Laws

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
'Tough on Kids' Laws
The Justice for Youth event was held in Portland on September 13th. The event was an opportunity to learn about the negative impact of “tough on kids” laws such as Oregon's Measure 11 that unfairly target youth as young as 15 years old and treat youth of color more harshly by prosecuting them in the adult system and sending them away for long mandatory sentences. Karen James interviews leaders from Multnomah Youth Commission, OregonCure, MRG Foundation, Red Lodge Transitions, NAACP Youth, Momentum Alliance and others. The event was organized by Partnership for Safety and Justice, Momentum Alliance, Oregon Student Association, and Multnomah Youth Commission.
Partnership for Safety & Justice http://www.safetyandjustice.org/

Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network: Spotlight on Oregon, Hour-long Special

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/06/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network: Spotlight on Oregon, Hour-long Special
Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network without membership drive breaks

In an hour-long special, host Amy Johnson interviews Michael H. Fox of the Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network. The Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network supports overly charged, wrongfully convicted, and unfairly sentenced women globally. Fox discusses the cases of 3 Oregonian women who were tangentially involved in crimes that are serving sentences of over 25 years - equal sentences to the perpetrators. Fox illustrates how our legal system is overly sentencing women who decide to stand trial through character assassination by prosecutors and the American mindset truly being "you are guilty until proven innocent". Tune in to hear the stories of Karlyn Eklof, Tammy Traxtle, and Kiesha Johnson.

Prison Pipeline with Maureen Frary, Program Manager of Washington County Jail

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Peter Pincetl speaks with Maureen Frary, Program Manager of the Washington County Jail

Listen to host Peter Pincetl interview Maureen Frary, Program Manager of the Washington County Jail. For the past 18 years the Washington County Jail has worked to set those within it's walls up for success, and a major component of that is the programming. Tune in to learn more about what that looks like.

Supporting Prisoners, Print Media & the Cascade Media Convergence

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Supporting Prisoners, Print Media & the Cascade Media Convergence

Adam Carpinelli interviews Ed Mead with Prison Art, Rock and California Prison Focus. Ed Mead is a former Political Prisoner for related activity with the clandestine George Jackson Brigade. Ed is based in Seattle and focuses on using print media to reach out, connect and educate people in prison. The discussion includes Tim Rice from the Cascade Media Convergence and will focus on the power of print media in supporting prisoners during hunger and work strikes such as Pelican Bay California. Ed Mead will be in Portland September 19-21st 2014 at the first Cascade Media Convergence in Portland.
For more information: Cascade Media Convergence: www.cascademedia.cc

Liysa Swart, Domestic Violence Advocate

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Liysa Swart, Domestic Violence Advocate
Karen James interviews domestic violence advocate Liysa Swart. Liysa released from prison in 2012 after serving 12 years for killing her abusive husband. Many women serving time in Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s only women’s prison, picked up a bat or knife to stop an abusive partner. Liysa says the women end up serving long sentences under Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing law, Measure 11, while the abusive partner is free. She works tirelessly to raise awareness about domestic violence which she calls a national disgrace.
http://www.liysanorthon.com/
http://www.voicessetfree.org/

Cascade Media Convergence & Political Prisoner Sundiata Acoli

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Cascade Media Convergence & Political Prisoner Sundiata Acoli
Prison Pipeline host Adam Carpinelli will interview Walidah Imarisha with the Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign and Claude Marks from the Freedom archives. The discussion will focus on how different forms of media are used to promote prison justice issues such as long term U.S.-held Political Prisoner Sundiata Acoli. Claude Marks will be in Portland September 19-21st 2014 at the first Cascade Media Convergence in Portland.

For more information: Cascade Media Convergence: www.cascademedia.cc

Freedom Archives: www.freedomarchives.org

Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign: www.sundiataacoli.org

Facebook event for Sundiata Acoli day of action in Portland: www.facebook.com/events/1454905181448848

Walidah Imarisha: www.walidah.com
 

Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society
Amy Johnson interviews members of the Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc (M.I.S.S.). M.I.S.S. is a non-profit support group for families of the incarcerated. M.I.S.S'  website, mothersofinmates.org, has resources for family members and hosts a chat forum primarily for mothers and fathers dealing with the incarceration of a child. Learn about this valuable resource and how it is helping family members cope with the pain and isolation of their loved one's incarceration and the group's actions to persuade legislators to change our justice system.

Massachusetts Prisoner's Lonely Journey

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Massachusetts Prisoner's Lonely Journey
Justin Chapin interviews Tony, a Massachusetts prisoner and acquaintance, who uses his precious phone time to tell us his story. Accused and convicted of a crime from which there is no recovery, Tony was abandoned by his friends and family. After an attempted suicide at his trial, he managed to escape for two weeks. Join me for a rare, personal insight into a lonely journey, parallels of which are all too common in America's justice system.

Ruth Kovacs hosts!

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Ruth Kovacs hosts!
Longtime Prison Pipeline host Ruth Kovacs is back in Portland and behind the mic at KBOO! Join Ruth and guests as she talks about her plans for involvement with people in and out of the prison system.


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An Attorney Speaks

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 08/02/2009

Our guest was Adam Arms, attorney with the firm McKanna, Bishop, Joffee & Arms. Adam told us about his work with prisoners. We also discussed again the importance of contact with folks on the outside for prisoners.

Next week we’ll have a telephone interview with Pam Africa who will update us on Mumia and more.

Portland Partners Re-Entry Initiative

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

Bre Groom from The Portland Partners Re-Entry Initiative with SE Works, brought Kelly, one of the volunteer mentors and Larry, a recently released friend who has participated in the PPRI Mentor Program. Listen to the active discussion that Ruth and these folks had about the PPRI mentor program.

Next week, attorney Adam Arnes will be the Prison Pipeline guest.

If you know about projects that prisoners have done or are doing to give to those in need in the outside community, please send a note or call KBOO and leave Ruth a message. The next Prison Pipeline special will be about Oregon prisoners doing projects and raising funds for needy individuals and groups in Oregon.

Life after Lockdown

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 07/19/2009

A good discussion about Oxford House was provided by Jimmy Williams, Field Services Supervisor of Oregon Recovery Homes. Outreach Coordinators Ed and Cori, and the Program Manager, Wayne Kline also participated. For more information:call 503/413-9233 to talk to Jimmy or send him an email: jimmyw@rap-nw.org. Friends, family and loved ones as well as folks soon to be released can write to the Recovery Association Project, 18438 SE Pine St., Portland, OR 97233 – Attention Jimmy Williams or Wayne Kline or search 222.rap-nw.org.

Bridges to Change

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 07/12/2009

A group of guests from Bridges to Change told their stories. All of the mentors and administrators from this organization are ex-felons. The director - Chuck, the program director – Doug, and two clients – John an Pete joined Ruth in a discussion about the value of a mentor program for folks when released. Assistance in housing, job hunting and connecting with the family and community can make a significant difference as folks begin new lives in the community.

Contact Bridges to Change if you are about to be released, recently released or a member of the support team for someone who would benefit from this program. Call Joan at 503/465-2749, search Google for Bridges to Change, or visit the bridges to change.com website.

Next week: Jimmy Williams from Recovery Association Project (RAP) will be our guest.

August 17, Bridges to Change folks will return to Prison Pipeline to talk about how the program works with alcohol and/or drug addicts.

Criminal Sentence Reduction

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 07/05/2009

Caylor Roling from Partnerships for Safety & Justice provided details and update information on HB 3508 which recently passed the Oregon House and Senate.

The next Prison Pipeline Special will concern Prisoners Giving to those on the outside. If you know about a project or fundraiser done by prisoners that made a contribution to an individual or organization in need, please let us know.

Prison Volunteer Special

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 06/14/2009

A Prison Pipeline Special! We looked at the Prison Volunteers of Oregon—we heard some of them speak, we heard messages from prisoners who appreciate the volunteers, and Ruth told about the process of becoming an official ID Badge holding volunteer. If you are thinking about being a guest or volunteer at one of the prisons, this program will help you understand why 2000 of us do this work. Also, you’ll hear why we feel that we are privileged to be a part of the Volunteer Program. 

 

Aba Gayle

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 06/07/2009

Aba Gayle was Ruth's guest. She told the story of Maurice Bickham, an African American, born in 1917, served 38 years and is now an ordained minister. He was from the era of  Jim Crow laws, convicted of shooting two white law men, had his execution date set seven times, but was eventually released in 1996. Aba Gayle reminisced about watching the day Barack Obama took office. His mother had been a slave.You can search the web for more about Aba Gayle and her work with prisoners.

Heroes of the Past

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Wed, 05/27/2009

Prison Pipeline looked at Memorial Day to remember more than the many military heroes of the past. We also had an update on the MOVE 9 who are still in prison.

Killer Bread Gang

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 05/17/2009

The Killer Bread Gang were Prison Pipeline guests. They talked about life in and out of prison, and played some music. Dave, the baker of Dave’s Killer Bread talked about his life and the bread business. Then Dave played lead guitar, while Ladd sang his original song “DNA”.  Pete, another employee at the bakery who was released 45 days ago joined us as we talked about a lot of Prison Pipeline stuff. Don’t miss this show!

Blacque Butterfly

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 05/10/2009

Blacque Butterfly joins Ruth in the studio for a dazzling performance during our membership drive.

 

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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