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

 


Episode Archive

School to Prison Pipeline

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
School to Prison Pipeline
Dakotah Kennedy interviews Mark McKechnie from Youth, Rights, & Justice about the school-to-prison pipeline. The school-to-prison pipeline refers to certain rules that channel youth (particularly youth of color) out of school and into the criminal justice system. Tune in to hear both Mark's thoughts on the issue as well as the personal experiences from the guys incarcerated at MacLaren. http://youthrightsjustice.org/mission
http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

Wynema Leonard, Oyate Ki Club

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Wynema Leonard, Oyate Ki Club

Stephanie Guy with Wynema Leonard, princess, Oyate Ki Club. Lakota Oyate Ki 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 Lakota Club is led by Native inmates and through their organizing the Lakota Club is preserving, restoring and sustaining their Indian heritage and connection with the broader Native community.

Removing Barriers: A Fair Chance For All

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Removing Barriers: A Fair Chance For All
Peter Pincetl interviews Patty Katz with Oregon Action about the new Ban the Box campaign.  Employment and housing are the most important influences for decreasing recidivism and it's time to provide a fair chance for all who work and ban "the box" -- the section of employment applications where applicants must disclose arrest or conviction.  By removing this barrier to employment, we can give a fair chance to thousands of Oregonians who just want to support their families.  Finding and securing adequate housing is one of the most difficult challenges faced by formerly incarcerated people, and homelessness is very prevalent.  Passing Fair Chance Policies is critical to creating a more equitable community.

Creative Writing in Prison

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Creative Writing in Prison
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Amy Johnson interviews Ann Marie O'Malley and her former students Akiaz King, Nathan McNair and Michael Dillon. Since 2012 Ann Marie has been teaching creative writing at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI), a minimum security facility in Northeast Portland. Ann Marie works at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Southeast Portland. The Center empowers people to publish themselves and she has published 6 books from writings generated by CRCI students in a series called From a Number to a Name.
www.iprc.org

Mary Graham: Healing & Hope

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Mary Graham: Healing & Hope

Karen James interviews Mary Graham, whose husband, Donald Graham, after serving 20 years in prison, was shot and killed by the Clackamas County sheriff.  Mary's four daughters were taken by the State.  She spent time in prison and turned to drugs to ease the pain.  Her story is a remarkable journey from pain and loss to healing and hope.

Kids for Cash

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Kids for Cash

Justin Chapin interviews Robert May, director and producer of the recent non-fiction film “KIDS FOR CASH”. The film is about the scandal involving Pennsylvania judges Mark Ciaverella and Michael Conahan, the private prison system and 3,000 children. May opens up about his personal views and the message that he's trying to deliver. The prison pipeline also involves children, the issue is systemic. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?

I Am Troy Davis

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
I Am Troy Davis
Stephanie Guy presents I Am Troy Davis. In April 2014 Jen Marlowe, co-author of I Am Troy Davis, and Troy's sister, Kimberly Davis, lead a discussion about the book, Troy’s case, and the impact Troy's struggle has had on those still fighting for justice and an end to the death penalty in Oregon. The event was held at the United Methodist Church in Portland. Reading from I Am Troy Davis are Frank Thompson, former Superintendent of Oregon State Penitentiary; Naseem Rakha, author of ‘The Crying Tree”; and Tony Funchess, First Vice-President of NAACP Portland Chapter; read from the book. Dr.

Fariborz Pakseresht, Director, Oregon Youth Authority

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Fariborz Pakseresht, Director, Oregon Youth Authority

Peter Pincetl interviews Fariborz Pakseresht, Director of the Oregon Youth Authority. Fariborz speaks about his role, recent changes at the OYA, and responds to a recent Willamette Week article exploring the possibility that Oregon may not incarcerate youth at a high enough rate. http://www.oregon.gov/OYA/pages/index.aspx http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22512-spare_the_jail_spoil_the_chi...

MACLAREN YOUTH POETRY PROJECT

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
MACLAREN YOUTH POETRY PROJECT
Karen James with Dakotah Kennedy, an Oregon Youth Authority volunteer, present the Verbal Escape Poetry Project held in April 2014 at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.  This was the first poetry slam competition and the event was coordinated by Dakotah Kennedy along with MacLaren youth and Kathleen Fullerton from Hope Partnership.  Local and national slam poets performed along with the MacLaren youth and also judged the performers.
http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/hopepartnershiporegon

Family Preservation Project

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Family Preservation Project

Karen James with Jessica Katz, Program Coordinator, and Erin Webb, Family Advocate with the Family Preservation Project (FPP) and Eva Guzman who completed the FPP at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s women’s prison. FPP utilizes evidence-based practices and a holistic family-centered approach to help incarcerated women rehabilitate, form connections with their family, and prepare for their lives after incarceration. Contact Jessica Katz, 503.570.6598.

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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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