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, Stephanie Guy, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson and Ruth Kovacs 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

Bridges to Change

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Bridges to Change
Karen James interviews Charles Simpson and Joann Griffin, co-founders of Bridges to Change Inc. Bridges to Change’s mission is to strengthen individuals and families affected by addiction, poverty and homelessness. It is committed to stop the revolving door of recidivism. They stress personal accountability while providing tools, support, and services necessary to expand their clients' horizons, help them pursue their goals, and maintain self-sufficient lives in the community.
http://bridgestochange.com
Contact: 503.465.2749, contact@bridgestochange.com

Decriminalizing Homelessness

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/01/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Decriminalizing Homelessness
Decriminalizing Homelessness - Extended Edition
Host Amy Johnson interviews Portland-area activists Monica Beemer and Ibrahim Mubarak about the Western Regional Avocacy Project's (http://wraphome.org) Homeless Bill of Rights Campagin to protect the rights of all persons to rest. We discuss persons with prior records are vulnerable to becomeing houseless, the history of vulnerble populations being criminalized and how our society could save money by protecting rather than criminalizing people who do not have a safe place to sleep.

Uhuru SaSa 2014 POETRY SHARE

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Uhuru SaSa 2014 POETRY SHARE
On October 25th, the Uhuru SaSa Club held their Poetry Share at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. Hear poetry by MC & Creative Director Sterling Cunio, So Kosal, Morrice James, Paul Grice, and Tecuma Jackson. This year’s theme was Love and Redemption. Karen James interviews the performers and Uhuru president John L. Smith. Uhuru SaSa welcomes community volunteers to help with their programs at the prison such as U.S.E.L.F. which helps to re-educate, motivate and encourage positive changes. To volunteer, contact Staff Advisor Bill Marion, 503.378.2289, bill.f.marion@doc.state.or.us

Morpheus Youth Project

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Morpheus Youth Project
Stephanie Guy interviews Danny Gonzalez, who was formerly incarcerated at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, about the radio journalism class he took at the facility taught by the Morpheus Youth Project, a nonprofit organization providing creative educational workshops and activities to underserved youth in the Portland metropolitan and surrounding area. We'll also hear a presentation by Carlos Chavez, director and co-founder of MYP, given at the Cascade Media Convergence on Sept. 20th. http://www.morpheusyouth.org http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

Stories of Survival & Struggle

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Stories of Survival & Struggle
Adam Carpinelli will interview Becca Echeverria. Echeverria is an activist based in Washington state and volunteers to the AVID Program in a local high school and works with youth currently incarcerated at Green Hill School (Prison). She will discuss her contribution to the recently published book Dear Sister which is a collection of over 40 women's stories, letters and essays. The pieces are all centered from a survivors perspective and writing to fellow survivors.

Rusty Butler, Siletz Tribal Member

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Rusty Butler, Siletz Tribal Member
Karen James interviews Rusty Butler, a Siletz tribal member who works as prevention coordinator for the tribal alcohol and drug program in his community on the central Oregon coast. Rusty spent his teen years incarcerated at MacLaren, Oregon’s youth correctional facility. When his spiritual practices were not included among the religious practices offered at MacLaren, Rusty and his family took steps to bring native traditions to MacLaren. Rusty tells of his release from MacLaren at age 21, his unsuccessful transition back to his Siletz community, and how, years later, he returns to work with the Siletz youth. Rusty also assists as a spiritual practitioner in Oregon men’s prisons.
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians http://ctsi.nsn.us/

Supporting Prisoner Strikes

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Supporting Prisoner Strikes
We'll hear a workshop from the Law & Disorder Conference held in Portland in May 2014. The workshop, Supporting Prisoner Strikes, from Palestine to Pelican Bay, was facilitated by Bo Brown, Prison Activist Resource Center; and Ed Mead, publisher, Rock Newsletter. They discuss the ins and outs of supporting prisoners on hunger and work strikes. PARC is a prison abolitionist group based in Oakland, California. The Rock newsletter came about as a result of the July 2011 hunger strike by California prisoners and has been supportive of prisoner efforts to empower themselves. L&D Conference sponsors were Students for Unity and the Jericho Movement. This event was recorded by Paul Roland. PARC https://www.prisonactivist.org

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.

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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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