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

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
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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.


Mass Incarceration is Slavery

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Mass Incarceration is Slavery
Morgan Kelly presents a workshop by JoNina Abron-Ervin & Lorenzo Ervin. “Mass Imprisonment is Prison Slavery” was presented at the 5th Annual Law & Disorder Conference held May 2014 at Portland State University. More people are incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails than in any other country in the world. With just five percent of the world’s population, America has twenty-five percent of the world’s prison population. The workshop examines how the “war” on drugs led to the current mass imprisonment of people of color, who comprise half of the over two million people incarcerated in U.S.

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
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
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.

Audio

Real Change

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 04/26/2009

Ras Danny, KBOO Programmer of Higher Reasoning Reggae Time joined Ruth in the studio to talk about what "change" really means for those in lockdown and how much better his life is after he decided to change and stay out of prison forever.

Be sure to check out the political prisoners program that aired on KBOO on Friday, April 24th.

Programs to look forward to: Blaque Butterfly, Dave of "Dave's Killer Bread," and volunteers who visit prisons in Oregon will be our guests soon.

Jailhouse Lawyers: A review from OSP

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Ruth reads a review of Mumia's new book "Jailhouse Lawyers" as told by Damon Lee Petrie, a prisoner/writer at OSP. 

There will be a Book Party on Friday, April 24th at 7 p.m. at the Bread and Roses Center. @ 819 N. Killingsworth St.

Mumia's Conviction Upheld

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 04/05/2009

Patrick Ryan, one of the organizers of Friends of Mumia of Portland, gave Ruth an update of today’s (04/06/09) U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let Mumia Abu-Jamal’s conviction stand. Also discussed were plans for Portland action, Saturday April 11th, at 10:00 am at Pioneer Square to protest this devastating ruling. For more information call 503/515-9540. Come join us as we stand up to be counted for Justice. Mumia needs your support and Portland supporters need to know that we are not alone.

We also read material from Hans Bennet quoting interviews with Patrick O’Connor, author of  The Framing of Mumia, and Michael Schiffmann, co-founder of Journalists for Mumia and author of several books about Mumia – Race Against Death, and  Mumia Abu-Jamal: a Black Revolutionary in White America.

Phoenix Rising

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 03/29/2009

Kelly Fitzpatrick from Phoenix Rising Transitions visited with host Ruth Kovacs.

Sister of a Prisoner

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 03/22/2009

During a visit with the sister of a prisoner who has been in lockdown almost four years, we get an update about how things are going. Debbie shares the ongoing task of keeping in touch with her brother.

A reminder! The deadline for entering Tattoo Art to Shot Caller Press is May 31.

Prisoners Count

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 03/15/2009

Another segment from Democracy Now! March 3, 2009, Amy’s guests brought attention to a Census taking device that should concern us all. Districts in many states count the prisoners of the local penitentiary in their census and thus become eligible for the same budget and political benefits as a district that does not have a prison. In some cases the prison population is as much as 88 per cent of the Census count.

Corruption in PA

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

Judges in Pennsylvania—caught in corruption. Amy Goodman presented a segment giving us the details. As we listen, many questions come to mind; which Ruth highlights in the last few minutes. If you’d like us to do a Prison Pipeline program that deals with one of those questions, let us know.

Political Prisoners

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

The Mumia Strugglebration event on Friday 13 featured Pam Africa and Ramona Africa. This brought the subject of Political Prisoners to our attention. We gave an overview of the more than 100 political prisoners in the U.S.

We also announced the good news that Mumia’s book “Jailhouse Lawyer” will soon be available. Also a recently released film about Lynne Stewart will premiere in New York this month. More about these two items will be available on future Prison Pipeline programs.

Strugglebration for Mumia

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

Friday, Feb. 13, is a very special event! The Portland Friends for the Freedom of MOVE & Mumia Abu-Jamal present: Strugglebration for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
    Portland State University – Smith Memorial Student Union Bldg. (SMU 238)
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    For more information: 503/515-9540


To get us in the mood we heard Mumia speak, a cheer by Jenka, a song by David Strechert and comments by Ruth and Rebecca about the entertainers and speakers who will take part in the night of celebration and struggle.

See you there!
 

Budget Cuts on Prisoners

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 02/01/2009

Ruth Kovacs was joined by Patty Katz, from Partnerships for Safety and Justice and Tony Perkins, former World Council Chair for Oxford House. They discussed the cuts in Washington State Prison funds for drug and alcohol treatment for prisoners before and after release. Folks are asked to send stories about their addiction to drugs and alcohol and how treatment programs affected their lives. Send the one-page stories to Partnerships for Safety and Justice.



Also, Ruth would like to receive stories about Anne Rose Pearce or copies of  “. . .after seventeen years” the newsletter distributed by Anne Rose. We want to preserve her memory and document her work. If you can help us, please contact Ruth at KBOO

Mark your calendar! February 13 at PSU – An event for Mumia!

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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