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, Sarah Vitak 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.

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

Re-entry Ex-Cons

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Mon, 03/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Re-entry Ex-Cons
Ruth Kovacs speaks with Dan from Phoenix Rising Transitions.  Dan was incarcerated at 17 years old and released from prison in October 2014 after serving 17 years.  

Intersecting Imperialism and Industrial Complexes: Prison and Military

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Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Intersecting Imperialism and Industrial Complexes: Prison and Military
Adam Carpinelli will interview Dan Shea, a long time activist for human rights, anti-war, Latin American Solidarity, GI resistance and more. Dan is an active member of Veterans for Peace (VFP) Chapter 72. VFP is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace with140 chapters worldwide educating the public and advocating for a dismanting of the war economy. The discussion will focus on the intersections of the Prison and Military Industrial complexes. The connections between the two are highly overlooked linking U.S. imperialism, the global economy and the hyper-militarization of the police. http://www.vfpchapter72.org./ http://www.veteransforpeace.org/

Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One

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Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One
Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One
On February 9th at Portland State University  Maya Schenwar read from and discussed her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better. Maya's book looks at how prison breaks community ties and enacts violence which continues after release, making communities less safe and in particular, decimating communities of color. Maya's book envisions a future beyond incarceration where our responses to harm are community based and foster connection and reconciliation rather than isolation. She profiles community based initiatives that are beginning to make this vision a reality. Maya Schenwar is the editor-in-chief of independent news and commentary source, Truthout (truth-out.org).

Ban Solitary Confinement

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Mon, 02/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ban Solitary Confinement
Karen James with Bob Joondeph, Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon. DRO is an organization that works to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities. Disability Rights Oregon will introduce a bill that will stop solitary confinement for persons with serious mental illness incarcerated in Oregon prisons. Although the United Nations calls it torture, 80,000 prisoners across the United States are in solitary confinement. This includes our youth, pregnant women, and people with mental illness locked in small, windowless cells with no contact for the major part of each day. The negative psychological effects of isolation are well documented.
Disability Rights Oregon http://droregon.org/

Freeing Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera

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Mon, 02/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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Freeing Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera
Adam Carpinelli will interview Alejandro Luis Molina the Committee Coordinator for the National Boricua Human Rights Network which focuses on the liberation of Political Prisoners from the Puerto Rican independence movement. Molina will focus the discussion on Oscar Lopez Rivera who was forced underground in 1975 with other comrades after the Justice Department identified him as an FALN leader. On May 29, 1981, he was arrested, the FBI calling him one of America's most feared fugitives. At trial, he refused to participate, declaring himself a POW. In 1981, he was convicted of armed robbery, miscellaneous charges, and seditious conspiracy - sedition pertaining to actions to incite insurrection or rebellion; conspiracy by working with others to achieve it.

An Update on Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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An Update on Mumia Abu-Jamal
Ruth Kovacs interviews Noelle Hanrahan from Prison Radio about Mumia Abu-Jamal and legislation (HB2533) called the "Revictimization Relief Act" that would allow victims, District Attorneys, and the Attorney General to sue people who have been convicted of "personal injury" crimes for speaking out publicly if it causes the victim of the crime "mental anguish."  The bill was written in response to political prisoner Mumia's commencement speech at Goddard College, and is a clear attempt to silence Mumia and other prisoners and formerly incarcerated people.
http://www.prisonradio.org

 

Allyship in the New Age of Abolition

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 01/26/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Allyship in the New Age of Abolition
Fighting Prisons in the New Year: Allyship in the New Age of Abolition

Our Unjust System, the Radical Elders Speak Out

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 01/19/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Our Unjust System, the Radical Elders Speak Out
Our Unjust System, the Radical Elders Speak Out
In honor of Martin Luther King JR day, host Amy Johnson gets the perspectives of Portland's Radical Elders Reading Group. Guests LJ, Arthur and Grace have been activists since the Civil Rights era, they share the inequalities in incarceration rates and policing they have seen since they became active and how the black family was systematically disintegrated in America. Setting the backdrop for today's issues of police violence and mass incarceration, movements against these issues are seen as a new civil rights movement.

Community Parenting Alternatives

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Mon, 01/12/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Community Parenting Alternatives

Karen James with Washington State Community Corrections Officer Patty McGuiness and Mindy Brumitt and Glen Knight, participants in the Community Parenting Alternative program (CPA). Offenders in the CPA program are released from prison and placed on electronic home monitoring devices to enable them to live at home and care for their children while completing their sentence. Washington State has offered this alternative to incarceration and its counterpart, FOSA, the Family & Offender Sentencing Alternative, since legislation was passed in 2010.
FOSA: http://www.doc.wa.gov/community/fosa/eligibility.asp


Life After Prison

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Mon, 01/05/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Life After Prison
Ruth Kovacs interviews Harry Olsen, Phoenix Rising Transitions and Paris Taylor who recently released from prison after serving 23 years. Taylor participated in the weekly courses offered by Phoenix Rising Transitions at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, a men’s minimum-security releasing prison in Portland, Oregon. To help facilitate a successful homecoming to the community, Taylor will live at the PHOENIX Transition house which is designed to offer a safe, clean and sober place to live for people coming out of prison. http://www.phoenix-rising-transitions.org/ Harry Olsen: 503-866-1554, harryrobertolsen@frontier.com

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Alternatives to Detention

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Sun, 10/19/2008

Ruth Kovacs presented another report from CR10 - the gathering of more than 3000 folks who support strategy to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex.  She attended a workshop concerning alternatives to detention/incarceration.  We also heard an update on Mumia Abu-Jamal.

National STOPMAX Campaign - Taking the Next Steps

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Sun, 10/12/2008

Ruth shares a take of an interview she had with Lugman Abdullah at CR10.  Abdullah is the National STOPMAX Campaign Coordinator.  He shares his story about being locked up and then exonerated aver serving nine years on death row.  Ruth also talks about the documentary, After Innocence.

CR10 and Shotcaller Press - Part 2.

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Sun, 10/05/2008

On this one hour fundraising special of Prison Pipeline includes brief reviews of events that Ruth attended at CR10 in Oakland, CA.  Part 2 features a speech by Teresa Huggins from Shotcaller Press.

CR10 and Shotcaller Press - Part 1.

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Sun, 10/05/2008

On this one hour fundraising special of Prison Pipeline includes brief reviews of events that Ruth attended at CR10 in Oakland, CA.  Part 2 features a speech by Teresa Huggins from Shotcaller Press.

Hans Bennett - Journalists for Mumia

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Sun, 09/21/2008

Prison Pipeline presented an interview between host, Ruth Kovacs and telephone guest, Hans Bennett--a Philadelphia-based independent journalist and co-founder of Journalists for Mumia. They reviewed updated information on pending appeals for Mumia Abu-Jamall and current recent stories about his case.

 

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The importance of informed voting!

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Sun, 09/14/2008

Ruth reminds Prison Pipeline listeners of the importance of voting.  Mumia spoke about the November election and his thoughts on the candidates, then we heard from Goldie, an Obama supporter who has been registering folks now--to beat the October 14 deadline for registration, and finally Molly called to remind folks that 18 year olds, ex-felons, and homeless folks are all eligble to vote. We also featured original music by David Strechert about prison life.
 

Poetry from Prison and CR10 talk

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Mon, 09/01/2008

Jenka Soderberg - KBOO's News and Public Affairs director joins Ruth to share some poetry that was written by an incarcerated friend.  Ruth and Jenka are also visited on the phone with Rashad Shabazg to discuss the Tenth annual Critical Resistance event to be held in CA later this month.

Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

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Mon, 08/18/2008

Gretchen Vala from CURE and her sister Chris came in to the studio to talk with Ruth about how incarceration affects family members and loved ones.

Free Mumia

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Mon, 08/04/2008

Ruth Kovacs will have as her guest Shaun Carnahan--a Supporter of Mumia Abu-Jamal.   Carnahan has been in touch with Pam Africa and ICFFMAJ in Philadelphia and will be able to give us an update on the status of Mumia's plight. The news is not good. We'll want to hear what we can do to support the upcoming campaign to Free Mumia.  We need to put a lot of energy into outreach.

Mandatory Minimum Sentences

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Mon, 07/28/2008

Ruth interviews David Rogers, who is the president of Partnerships for Safety and Justice.  They discuss Kevin Mannix's ballot measure that would require mandatory minimum sentences for multitude of crimes, many of which are non violent.

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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