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, 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.

 
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Episode Archive

MacLaren Radio Journalism

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
MacLaren Radio Journalism
Old School PPC Producer Carlos Chavez pops in to host another special edition of MacLaren Community Voice. Carlos presents segments recorded by his Radio Journalism students who interview during campus events at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility such as the Write Around Portland readings. They also cover a special visit in Break Dance group with guests from New Birth Crew and Tru Roots.

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, located in Woodburn, is Oregon’s largest youth correctional facility. http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

Parenting from Prison

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Parenting from Prison
Karen James with Nova Sweet and Melissa Vitellaro who recently released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. While in prison both women participated in the Family Preservation Project, a holistic, evidence-based program that helped incarcerated women reunite with their children, learn parenting skills and reconcile with their families. At the end of 2014,  Oregon Department of Corrections canceled the program and Nova and Melissa, along with others, are working toward legislation that will insure that Oregon prioritizes the needs of children with incarcerated moms.
Sign the Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/keep-a-prison-program?mailing_id=29407&...

Fighting the Sweeps: Portland Police & Mass Displacement

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Fighting the Sweeps: Portland Police & Mass Displacement
Adam Carpinelli will interview members of Multnomah County Copwatch, Don't Shoot Portland and Right 2 Survive currently collaborating on a new anti-sweeps project. The Portland Police Department has just announced a new campaign on behalf of Mayor Charlie Hales to "sweep" many of the local homeless camps from the city.

Voices from Solitary

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Voices from Solitary
On May 13, 2015, a film screening of Herman’s House was followed by panelists Tom Hastings, Phillip Gurule, Tammy Wilkins, and Gretchen Vala, who shared solitary confinement experiences. 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. This event Voices from Solitary was organized by Corrine Fletcher and sponsored by PSU Students United for Nonviolence. Artwork is by Jaime Amaya.

Ban the Box Campaign

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Ban the Box Campaign
Ruth Kovacs with Patty Katz. In April 2015, the Oregon House of Representatives passed HB 3025 which will prohibit employers from including questions about applicants’ criminal history on job applications. It is backed by The Fair Chance for All coalition, a group of more than 50 organizations in Oregon. If the legislature passes HB 3025, Oregon will join 100 jurisdictions and 16 states that have already banned the box--a critical step in giving qualified job applicants who’ve paid their debts to society a fair chance at rebuilding their lives. http://www.fairchanceforall.com/
HB 3025 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB3025

Activist scholar Dan Berger

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Activist scholar Dan Berger
Adam Carpinelli interviews activist scholar Dan Berger. Berger recently completed Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era which examines the crucial role that Black Prisoners played in the Black freedom struggle and a slim primer on U.S. Political Prisoners, entitled The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States. Berger will discuss his recent works and national organizing around prison justice and supporting Political Prisoners. For more information: www.danberger.org

A Chat with Chaplain of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
A Chat with Chaplain of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Host Amy Johnson will interview  Rev. Dr. Emily Brault, chaplain at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon's only women's correctional facility. As Chaplain, she has an intimate understanding of the lives of the women at Coffee Creek and of our broken criminal justice system. She is an advocate for sentencing reform, restorative justice and creating a culture of support, integrity and care in our society so that our injured and hurting people are no longer forced into prisons. We will ask listener's questions that are posted on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/prisonpipeline or emailed to kbooppc@gmail.com.

MacLaren Youth Journalism Class

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
MacLaren Youth Journalism Class
Hosts Amy Johnson and Karen James present audio from radio journalism students at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. The youth discuss clemency, the school-to-prison-pipeline and perform spoken word. The MacLaren Radio Journalism class is a partnership between Morpheus Youth Project, Hope Partnership, and KBOO 90.7 fm community radio. KBOO producer Carlos Chavez has been the instructor for the weekly MacLaren Radio Journalism class for 5 years. Carlos trains the youth to become KBOO-certified radio journalists. Kathleen Fullerton, M.S.

Transitioning from Prison

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Transitioning from Prison
Ruth Kovacs interviews ex-con Justin Woodruff, a house mentor for the Phoenix Rising Transitions home. In addition to supervising other ex-cons as they transition from prison to the community, Justin is enrolled in college and working toward a degree in social services. http://www.phoenix-rising-transitions.org/

MacLaren Youth Beading the Odds

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
MacLaren Youth Beading the Odds
Beading the Odds is a group at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn where young men exercise their creative skills by beading. Volunteer Juanita Garnow Olson, who has worked with the group for the past two years, says that while she knows no single activity can turn around a troubled young person's life, many of the youth make jewelry gifts to give to family and friends, fulfilling a need to give back. The youth also have opportunities to sell their beaded products and use the money for education, restitution to their victims, or for child support. With the support of the Portland Bead Society, their work will be for sale at the Gathering of the Guilds at the Portland Convention Center on April 24, 25, and 26th. Kathleen Fullerton, M.S.

Audio

Prison Pipeline 3/5/12 w/ Patty Katz and Tammy Wilkins Hosted by Peter Pincetl

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/05/2012
 
Tonight's show features new collective member Patty Katz and her guest Tammy Wilkins. Patty is a formerly incarcerated individual who is passionate about aiding people reentering society from incarceration and empowering them to find their voice in the political arena through voter engagement. Tonight she introduces some of her experience during a discussion with Tammy Wilkins.
 
Tammy is a formerly incarcerated person who is now pursuing her degree at Portland State University. During tonight's discussion she shares her experiences and hopes for the future with our audience.
 
  • Title: PP 3/5/12
  • Length: 26:40 minutes (61.02 MB)
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School to Prison Pipeline

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 02/27/2012

Carlos Chavez interviewed co-editor of Re-Thinking Schools, Jody Sokolower. Rethinking Schools is a progressive magazine put together by activist educators focused on a practical, but visionary approach to public education in the United States. Jody Sokolower put together much of the latest winter edition, which is themed on the “School to Prison Pipeline. They discuss this concept and how is impacts youth and educators and what can be done to change it.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 27:31 minutes (25.19 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 2/20/12 w/ Scott Taylor, Dina Dickerson, and Doug Cooper, from the MCRC. Hosted by Peter Pincetl

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 02/20/2012

Join host Peter Pincetl for a discussion about the Multnomah County Reentry Council. Featured guests include Scott Taylor, chair of the council and director of the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, Dina Dickerson, a public health informaticist, and Doug Cooper, assistant director of Mercy Corps NW and a representative of Re-entry Organizations and Resources.

  • Length: 28:06 minutes (25.72 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 2/13/12 w/ Lyle Murphy and James hosted by Megan Vosk

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 02/13/2012

Our topic for this evening is a look at a wildly popular crocheting club that has taken root inside a male correctional facility. The last place you would expect a thriving crochet program to be is in a medium security prison. Yet, at the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem, such a program exists. The crochet program was designed as a service project for incarcerated men to give back to the community.

The guests are Lyle Murphy. Lyle is about to receive a Master’s Degree in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon in Eugene. He has been researching the Crochet Program at the OSCI for his thesis project. We are also joined in the studio tonight by James, who was released from the OSCI two weeks ago. While incarcerated, James participated in the Crocheting Club.

  • Length: 37:37 minutes (86.09 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 1/30/12 w/ David Rogers and Kerry Naughton hosted by Karen James

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 01/30/2012

Driven by the economic crisis, states all across the country are re-thinking their tough-on-crime policies.  Last year Oregon’s Governor Kitzhaber formed a Commission on Public Safety to take a strategic look at Oregon’s sentencing laws and to find a more cost effective way to ensure the public’s safety. In December 2011, the OREGON PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT was released.  After almost 20 years of Measure 11, Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing law, there is now a wealth of information that shows that these tough-on-crime policies are not the most effective approach to maintaining public safety. 

 

Karen James speaks to Partnership for Safety & Justice’ Executive Director David Rogers & with Kerry Naughton, the director of PSJ’s Crime Survivors Program.  They discuss this Commission and other ideas for changes in the Oregon Public Safety Report. 

 

 

David & Kerry also talk about a paper they wrote that has been receiving national attention entitled MOVING BEYOND SIDES.  The paper reveals which groups have been influential in passage of Oregon’s tough-on-crime policies.  They challenge these groups to find common ground with reform advocates to work for policies of prevention instead of punishment.

 

 

OREGON PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT

http://www.safetyandjustice.org/files/CPS_report_to_Governor_12_30_11.pdf

 

 

MOVING BEYOND SIDES: The Power and Potential of a New Public Safety Policy Paradigm

http://www.safetyandjustice.org/files/Moving%20Beyond%20Sides%20Report%20Final.pdf

 

  • Length: 27:52 minutes (63.8 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 1/23/12 w/ Ruth Kovacs hosted by Grace Reed

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 01/23/2012

In this weeks episode host Grace E Reed talks with the former host of Prison Pipeline,  Ruth Kovacs.  The talk centers around Prison Pipeline and it's positive affect it has had with listeners.  Both Ruth and Grace share their experiences with the prison community and social outreach programs.  Grace also talks a bit about her latest book,  "Negotiating Shadows".

  • Length: 29:07 minutes (66.63 MB)
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Youth Incarcerated for Life

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 01/16/2012

Carlos Chavez interviews Alison Parker of Human Rights Watch. They discuss her recent report titled,

Against All Odds: Prison Conditions for Youth Offenders Serving Life without Parole Sentences in the United Stated

. Drawing on six years of research, and interviews and correspondence with correctional officials and hundreds of youth offenders serving life without parole, Parker sheds light on the overwhelming accounts of abuse suffered by young people facing this kind of incarceration. Young offenders serving time in adult prisons who are smaller in stature are statistically most vulnerable to attack. They talk about these items and more.

Prison Pipeline 1/9/12 w/ Trules Neil and Shawn King Hosted by Peter Pincetl

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 01/09/2012

Peter Pincetl talks with Trules Neil,  District Manager of the Department of Community Justice,  about the Re-entry Enhancement Coordination Program (REC) and how it helps to reduce recidivism.  Peter also talks with Shawn King,  a graduate of the program,  about how the program helped him through the transition process.

  • Length: 27:10 minutes (24.88 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 1/2/12 w/ Portland Youth Builders Project Hosted by Megan Vosk

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 01/02/2012


"This evening’s Prison Pipeline presents three short pieces produced by students in the media program at Portland Youth Builders. All three pieces provide interesting perspectives on prison life. The first piece talks about how the media portrays the prison lifestyle as glamorous. The students analyze a song, a movie and a news clip, and find that in general the media perceives prison as a macho place. The second piece compares the difference between prison myths and reality. It features two interviews, one with someone who has never been to prison but has ideas of what it may be like, and one with someone who has just gotten out of prison after serving eighteen months, who is able to share what it really is like to be locked down. The final piece presents a compelling interview with a reformed youth who is struggling to break free from the criminal mindset. She discusses her past behaviors and how she has turned her life around. The episode ends with a raw and honest poem that accurately depicts the reality of life in prison and the challenges of trying to change."

 

  • Title: PP 1/2/121
  • Length: 28:31 minutes (65.25 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 12/26/12 w/ Brian Lindstrom, Hosted by Jay Thiemeyer

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 12/26/2011

Jay Thiemeyer, host for PrisonPipeline, talks with Brian Lindstrom about his movie 'AlienBoy', which gives a human face and history to James 'JimJim' Chasse, the mentally ill man brutalized by the Portland police several years ago. He died en route to the hospital from injuries sustained in the police assault. With us will be Dan Handelman, longtime coordinator of Portland CopWatch, whose purpose is to hold rogue cops to account. Don't miss Prison Pipeline every Monday evening at 6:30.

 

Jay Thiemeyer, talks with Brian Lindstrom about his movie 'AlienBoy', concerning James 'JimJim' Chasse

  • Length: 29:30 minutes (20.25 MB)
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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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