Prison Pipeline

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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, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson, Ruth Kovacs and Emma Lugo explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests. Hosts rotate weekly. Prison Pipeline's engineers are Danielle Parks and Michael Ftaclas.

 
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Episode Archive

Prison Abolition & Prisoners' Health

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Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Prison Abolition & Prisoners' Health
Adam Carpinelli will interview members of Critical Resistance (CR). CR is a national grassroots organization building a movement to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). CR currently has chapters in New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland and Portland, OR. Chapter projects range from fighting policing in working class communities of color, to community education projects, to grassroots campaigns to oppose prison and jail construction. What unites all of these projects is a commitment to working for the eventual elimination of the PIC. Prisoners suffer from poor conditions inside and in turn have different health issues. Prisoners like Mutulu Shakur have provided acupuncture to other prisoners and there will be an event in Portland on February 7th that will raise funds for Mutulu.

Ending Indefinite Solitary Confinement

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Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ending Indefinite Solitary Confinement
Karen James interviews Marie Levin from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition and California Families Against Solitary Confinement. Marie Levin’s brother, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, was one of the main representatives of the Pelican Bay Prison strikes to protest the cruel, inhumane and tortuous conditions in California’s Security Housing Units (SHU). Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, who spent over 30 years in the SHU, was also one of the plaintiffs in the 2012 class action filed against California’s governor. In September 2015 a settlement was reached in this case that transformed California’s use of solitary confinement.
https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/

Morpheus Youth Project

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Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Morpheus Youth Project
Carlos Chavez and guests Guy Matalliano, Abel Mandujano and Kevin Le discuss the Morpheus Youth Project (MYP), a nonprofit organization that provides creative educational workshops and activities to underserved youth in the Portland metropolitan and surrounding area. In late February, MYP will launch "Profiles”, a brand new KBOO podcast produced by MYP recording and production students at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. “Profiles” will share how individuals are transformed into criminals in our communities. Tune in to Prison Pipeline on February 29th to hear “Profiles”.
http://www.morpheusyouth.org/

With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories, Part 3 with Special Guest

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/11/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories, Part 3 with Special Guest

With You on the Journey was a performance of monologues written by family members of people in prison, it included 11 monologues by 10 family members. The performance was the culmination of six writing workshops and was held at The First Unitarian Church of Portland on October 18th, 2015. This project was conceived of by Carol Imani, a college writing instructor who has taught creative writing in juvenile detention facilities and adult prison and it was funded by the Regional Arts and Cultural Council.

Ruth Kovacs and Guests

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ruth Kovacs and Guests
Ruth Kovacs speaks with Prison Pipeline hosts Adam Carpinelli and Karen James.  Happy New Year!

With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories, Part 2

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories, Part 2
With You on the Journey - Part 2
With You on the Journey was a performance of monologues written by family members of people in prison. The performance was the culmination of six writing workshops which took place in the summer and was held at The First Unitarian Church of Portland on October 18th, 2015. This project was conceived of by Carol Imani, a college writing instructor who has taught creative writing in juvenile detention facilities and adult prison and it was funded by the Regional Arts and Cultural Council. The performance included 11 monologues by 10 family members.

Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier update

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier update
Adam Carpinelli will interview Chauncy Peltier son of Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier. After being locked up for many years, Leonard continues to support his people and give back to the Native American community locally and nationally. Every winter the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee puts on a winter clothing and toy drive for Native American communities. Chauncy Peltier recently visited his father and will report back on Leonard's health and events in Portland to help support his campaign for presidential pardon.
For more information: www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

Jury Nullification

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Jury Nullification
Emma Lugo interviews Mindy Griffiths and Kristin Flor from the program Voices of the Cannabis War for an in-depth discussion of jury nullification. Jury nullification occurs when a jury returns a verdict of "Not Guilty" despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it believes is either immoral or wrongly applied to the defendant whose fate they are charged with deciding.
https://www.facebook.com/voicesofwar1
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/voicesofwar

Siobhann Tighe, Bringing Voices from the Inside to the Public

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Siobhann Tighe, Bringing Voices from the Inside to the Public
Siobhann Tighe is a broadcast journalist from the United Kingdom based in London. She works for the BBC and was recently the head of National Prison Radio(http://www.prisonradioassociation.org/national-prison-radio/), a radio station created for prisoners by prisoners. National Prison Radio broadcasts in prisons in England and Wales. Siobhann visited KBOO on October 27th while she was on a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She traveled to Sweden, Washington D.C., Texas and Oregon to look at programs that bring the voices of people who are or who have been in prison to the public airwaves. Siobhann aimed to learn if these programs can create insight into a world most of us don't know about without being too risky to manage.

More Prison Beds in Oregon

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
More Prison Beds in Oregon
Karen James interviews Shannon Wight, Deputy Director, Partnership for Safety and Justice. In 2013 Oregon legislators passed House Bill 3194 that stopped prison growth for 5 years. A Justice Reinvestment fund was created from the savings and distributed to Oregon counties for community support services to help offenders and decrease the flow into the prison system. Just 2 years later, Oregon lawmakers are considering using $9 million from the Justice Reinvestment funds to expand the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras to accommodate a growing inmate population.
http://www.safetyandjustice.org/

Audio

Working for Reform

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 01/25/2009

Ruth Kovacs and Rebecca Nay talked about the work of advocates for prison reform. Rebecca, co-host of Gender Blender (usually the third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 pm) asked Ruth to define her mission and to tell what meeting with the prisoners has taught her this year. They shared examples that show people CAN change and the re-entry programs DO make a difference for those who want to come out of incarceration as better folks than they were during their criminal days.

Cruel and Unusual

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

One of the producer/directors of the award winning film, “Cruel and Unusual”, Janet Baus gave Prison Pipeline a telephone interview. We discussed the problems that transgender prisoners must face. The conversation between Janet, Rebecca (our KBOO engineer) and Ruth (PP Host) as they shared information and insights about this issue was candid and informative.

CONTACT  INFORMATION:
Outcast Films
www.cruelandunusualfilm.com

Books to Prisoners

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

Jonathan Farbowitz and Alex Fish from Books for Prisoners gave us an update about the program.

Books to Prisoners

P.O. Box 11222

Portland, OR 97211

pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net

pdxbookstoprisoners.org

Volunteer Nights are Mondays & Tuesdays 5:30-8pm. at 1112 NE Morton St.


Prisoners should sent request books from:

Seattle Books to Prisoners

c/o Left Bank Books

92 Pike St. Box A

Seattle, WA 98101

Book Donation Drop Boxes are located:

In Other Words Books

Roccos Pizza

Hollywood Theatre

Laughing Horse Books

Red & Black Cafe

Blackrose Bookstore

Locked Up - Locked Out

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 12/28/2008

The sound track for "Locked Up - Locked Out" tells about the California organization, All Of Us Or None. This national organizing movement, started by formerly incarcerated people whose goal is to build political power in the communities most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the Prison Industrial Complex is dedicated and determined to help turn the tide of oppression, violence and pain  in our communities to be a part of the solution to the problems that cause our people to populate the prison system in disproportionate numbers.

E-mail - info@allofusornone.org, or see www.allofusornone.org

A New Start

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 12/21/2008

Our guest was released just two weeks ago. Ruth Kovacs and Matt talk about the joys of being released, the dinner his mom fixed, and the welcome from his girl, family and friends. Matt also talks abut why he feels sure that he will not be returning to prison. His own decision as well as help from Phoenix Rising Transitions have helped him make a plan to stay on a path that will avoid recidivism.

Life after Prison

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

Ruth was joined Thai. He’s been out of prison for a few years and they talked about the problems of trying to get a life again. Fortunately he has a few friends that help him, but finding employment has been a struggle. Thai shared his insights about what it is like to be an ex-con.

Strugglebration for Mumia

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

Guest, Shaun Carnahan and Ruth Kovacs talk about  December 9 when  KBOO  co-sponsors a Strugglebration event for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Folks will gather at the Cultural Center  of Portland State University, from 6 to 9 pm, Tuesday, December 9. There will be music, speakers and films. Portland has not forgotten Mumia.

The Framing of Mumia

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 11/16/2008

Patrick O’Connor, author of “The Framing of Mumia”, talked about his book and shared information that has not been presented before the publication of his book. He described part of the injustice of the trial, the lies about a so-called confession—which did not exist, and  the bias of Judge Sabo. After his in depth study of Mumia’s case, O’Connor seemed convinced that Mumia will never be executed and that there is still a possibility of a new trial.



Watch for Portland’s event  supporting Freedom for Mumia, December 9, 2008, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Portland State University – Cultural Center!

Mumia updates from Suzanne Ross

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 11/09/2008

Suzanne Ross of the New York City Free Mumia organization provided updates on Mumia’s case. The prosecution  is trying to reinstate the death penalty and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. December 9 is the anniversary of the death of Officer Faulkner so demonstrations and rallies will take place all over the world. Saturday Dec. 6, there will be events in Philadelphia and New York City, and Monday, December 9, Portland will gather at the PSU Multicultural Center, for a rally.

Ban The Box

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 10/26/2008

Prison Pipeline presents another CR10 report. The subject - Ban the Box - Portland's own Patty Katz from Partnerships for Safety and Justice speaks a the workshop in California and tells her story of crime, incarceration and now her crusade with PS&J to "Ban the Box" from employment applications that require telling "YES" convicted of a felon.

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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