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

Freeing Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/26/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
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

Charging for Activism: Portland Police, Rip-off Debit and Ferguson

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Charging for Activism: Portland Police, Rip-off Debit and Ferguson

Adam Carpinelli interviews Arun Gupta, a founding editor of the Indypendent magazine and was a founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal. Arun will talk about the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County Sheriff's new racket with predatory financial companies stealing people's cash. Money is taken from all arrestees including those who are never convicted and upon release, replace their cash with a Numi Financial debit card. This company then steals the money of arrestees with multiple hefty fees. Discussion will also include the significance of this issue to activism in Portland such as the recent rallys and marches in solidarity with Ferguson. For more information: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/portland-stop-profiting https://indypendent.org

Sharing Holiday Messages

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Sharing Holiday Messages

Hosts Adam Carpinelli, Stephanie Guy & Amy Johnson share your holiday messages to your loved ones inside.   Send your messages to kbooppc@gmail.com and Happy Holidays!
 

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 the fact that 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.

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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

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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

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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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