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, 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

Pell Grants for Prisoners

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Pell Grants for Prisoners
Karen James and Gretchen Vala, OregonCure, discuss the Obama administration’s recent announcement for a new federal grant program to pay for college for state and federal prisoners. Congress banned prisoners from being eligible for Pell grants in 1994. Nationwide 43.3% of formerly incarcerated individuals are likely to return to prison within three years of release, the likelihood drops to 5.6% for Bachelor’s degree recipients and less than 1% for Master’s degree recipients. The maximum Pell grant award this year is $5,775; grants do not have to be repaid. Prisoners eligible for release will be enrolled in a Pell grant pilot project. The ban on Pell grants cannot be lifted without Congressional approval. If passed, HR 2521 will reinstate Federal Pell Grants to prisoners.

Free Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier!

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Free Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier!
Adam Carpinelli will interview Peter Clark, co-director of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. Leonard Peltier is a long term u.s.-held Indigenous Political Prisoner. Peltier has been locked away for 38 years in federal prison, wrongly convicted for the murder of two FBI agents during a shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. The incident at Oglala, which Peltier is framed for, takes us back to the violent confrontations at Wounded Knee and Pine Ridge in the seventies, and then to today’s Indian reservations where the government’s plans for uranium mining and waste dumping are still being resisted by Native activists.

ICE Out of Oregon, End Detentions and Deportations Now

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/17/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
ICE Out of Oregon, End Detentions and Deportations Now

On July 9th, 2015 as part of a national week of action to #EndDetention the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition organized a rally which called for: the end the collaboration between Portland police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an end to deportations so families can stay together, the end of detention and the ICE bed quota, and for the closure of private prisons and detention centers. The Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition is a coalition of local immigrant rights, faith, and labor groups, including leaders in the national #Not1More campaign, the New Sanctuary Movement, and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.

Homeless & Harassed

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Homeless & Harassed
Emma Lugo discusses street harassment of homeless people by the Portland police. Her guest talks about homelessness, arrests by the police and about his time in the jail. We’ll hear audio of his arrest.

Life after Sex Offense Conviction

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Life after Sex Offense Conviction
Ruth Kovacs interviews Debbi Parkins whose brother, Steve, released from prison two years ago this month.  Steve served 8 years convicted as a sex offender. 

Debtors’ Prisons: Past and Present

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Debtors’ Prisons: Past and Present
Adam Carpinelli will interview activists Daniel Hong and Michael Wilson with Strike Debt Portland and Bay Area chapters. The discussion will focus on the historical significance of debtors’ prisons and recent trends to criminalize financial obligations. Strike Debt formed in 2012 from Occupy Wall St. and is a nationwide movement of debt resisters fighting for democratic alternatives to the debt system. With stagnant wages, systemic unemployment and public service cuts, we are forced to go into debt for our basic human needs like housing, education and healthcare. Debt is a major source of power for Wall Street that keeps us isolated, ashamed, and afraid.

Marijuana Legalization in Oregon, What to Expect

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Marijuana Legalization in Oregon, What to Expect
On June 30th, 2015, the day before adult recreational use of marijuana became legal in Oregon, leaders of the drug reform movement held a press conference at the ACLU office in downtown Portland. Speaking about why legalization matters, what to expect, and what’s next for the drug reform movement. We will air the audio of the press conference. U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon has championed several federal legislative efforts to reform marijuana laws, he provided an update on efforts at the federal level. Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson who co-wrote the new marijuana law and led the campaign to pass it, explained why a legal approach to marijuana is better for Oregon.

War on Drugs Legacy

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
War on Drugs Legacy
Emma Lugo interviews author Dave Truhlar. With legalization fresh in the minds of Oregonians we will take a look back at the legacy of the war on drugs. Though we live in “The land of the free” we imprison more of our fellow citizens than any other country on Earth. It’s an epidemic, brought on by fear-mongering politics and a complete lack of foresight and common sense. Here it is, the end result of “The War on Drugs”- the children in low income areas grow up with Mom or Dad constantly in and out of prison, with little hope to do anything but one day end up in a cell themselves.

Challenges After Incarceration

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Challenges After Incarceration
Ruth Kovacs interviews Tim “Cowboy” Stevens about his recent release from Columbia River Correctional Institution and the challenges of reentry.

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

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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