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.

 
Please feel free to connect with us with any questions, comments or suggestions at   kbooppc@gmail.com
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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
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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 12/19/11 w/ Mark Arnold and his family Hosted by Grace Reed

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 12/19/2011

Grace discusses with Mark and his family about the Thousand Kite Project,  concerning communication and human rights.  The issue is raised of the high cost of communication with the incarcerated,  and how that basic right should not be a profit for business.

Grace also talks with Mark about his music (of which his song is the featured intro/outro music) and how it has been a positive force in his life.

 

  • Length: 27:39 minutes (63.27 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 12/12/11 w/ Shannon Wright hosted by Rex Newton

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

Rex Newton interviews Shannon Wright,  the Associate Director of Partners for Safety and Justice.  Discussion on the recent scrutiny of Oregon's sentencing structure.

  • Length: 26:59 minutes (61.77 MB)
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The Gang Life

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 12/05/2011

What is it about the structure of gangs that draws youth into it's hands and what kind of support can we as parents and community members provide to help our youth realize their real potential?

Join host Carlos Chavez on Monday December 5th on KBOO's Prison Pipeline for a discussion on gang youth. My guests will be gang mediators Luis J Rodriguez and Eddie Bocanegra. We will talk about what it is that attracts young people into joining gangs and about some of the work that they are doing to help young people avoid the violence and abuse that gangs ultimately provide.

cover, It calls you back

Luis J Rodriguez is a peacemaker among gangs on a national and international level. He has become a leading gang expert testifying through affidavits, phone testimonies, and court appearances in more than 60 cases, mostly deportation cases to Mexico and Central America. His thirty years of urban peace and gang intervention work was utilized in the development of the Community-based Gang Intervention Model with around forty other L.A. gang peace advocates and interventionists, which the L.A. City Council approved in February 2008, and is now sent across the United States and other countries. He’s also now a trainer for the Advancement Project’s gang intervention academy.

He wrote the award winning memoir Always Running, which was a compelling account of his life growing up as a Chicano gang member in South and East Los Angeles. Always Running is a brutal story of youth exploration, survival and of transformation in and out of the gang life and is a testament of will and triumph of the human spirit. There are over 400,000 copies in print since its release in 1995 and is widely regarded as a classic of Chicano literature.

Rodriguez has recently released a part two of this memoir titled, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions and Healing, which explores the continuing struggle as a young adult facing addiction, abusive family and marital relationships and the trying development of an independent and meaningful career. It is his quest for balance in the wake of turmoil and is every bit as eloquent as his first award winning book.

 

Eddie Bocanegra works for CeaseFire out of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He spent 14 years in prison for a murder he committed when he was 17. Bocanegra now specializes in high-risk mediation and intervention with youth living on the southwest side of Chicago. He is a mentor, court advocate, and programming developer promoting rehabilitation services in the Latino community. He gives workshops on violence prevention, gang awareness, conflict resolution, and issues of juvenile justice and health.

Bocanegra is an accomplished artist who participates in various art initiatives within the Latino community. He volunteers with Urban Life Skills, a mentoring program for high-risk youth. He is currently completing his degree in social work at Northeastern Illinois University and plans to pursue a doctorate.

He was recently featured on a new award winning documentary titled, The Interrupters. Bocanegra is one of three extraordinary mediators of the CeaseFire program who dedicate their lives to saving young people from committing and becoming victims of the violence that they were once very much a part of.

Prison Pipeline 11/28/11 w/ Tara Herival Hosted by Peter Pincetl

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 11/28/2011

Host Peter Pincetl talks with guest Tara Herival, criminal defense attorney and editor of the book "Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration", about the economics of the criminal justice system.

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  • Length: 23:12 minutes (26.56 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 11/21/11 w/ Rachel Hardesty and Jeff Ellis Hosted by Megan Vosk

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 11/21/2011

Host Megan Vosk hosts a discussion on the Death Penalty with Rachel Hardesty,  of the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University,  and Jeff Ellis,  criminal defense attorney and teacher of Capital Punishment at Lewis and Clark Law School.

  • Title: PP 11-21
  • Length: 26:49 minutes (30.7 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 11/14/11 w/ Professor Barbara Aldave Hosted by Grace E. Reed

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 11/14/2011

Prisons and People: a Focus on Women and Their Children

An interview with Professor Barbara Aldave founder of the Portia Project that provides legal and other assistance to women at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon

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  • Length: 29:06 minutes (33.3 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 11/7/11 w/ Dr. Bud Brown and Mike Hasty Hosted by John Thiemeyer

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 11/07/2011

Prison Pipeline's John Thiemeyer interviews two veterans,  Dr. Bud Brown and Mike Hasty about 'vets and the criminal justice system', The Bunker Project,  and the workshop they did on this subject for the Vets for Peace Conference in August at PSU.

  • Title: PP 11/7/11
  • Length: 25:58 minutes (29.72 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 10/31/11 w/ Phoenix Rising Transitions Hosted by Rex Newton

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/31/2011

Prison Pipeline brings a discussion of the missing link that has traditionally existed between postitive personal growth that many motivated prisoners experience during their incarceration and the reality of release.  Topics include the difficulty for the ex-convict in finding service agencies and support groups in the free community to sustain and nuture those pre-social skills and dreams concieved inside prison walls.

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  • Length: 27:13 minutes (31.15 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 10/24/11 w/ Joe Simich Hosted by Karen James

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/24/2011

Karen James and guest Joe Simich, Washington County Community Corrections Probation Supervisor,  discuss Re-entry and Mental Health. 

 

People with mental illness are overrepresented in the criminal justice system.  Statistics show that more than half of those incarcerated have a mental or emotional issue and many also have an addiction.  The majority of people with mental illness who are incarcerated are low-level, nonviolent offenders who ended up in jail or prison because they essentially exhibited in public the symptoms of untreated mental illness.

 

After these people serve their time and reenter their communities, their sentence continues.  They are not only faced with the daily complexities of reentering society and adhering to the conditions of parole.  They are also faced with homelessness, inadequate mental health treatment, a gutted health care system, disruption in medication and overall lack of support.   

 

Washington County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has formed an Action Team that meets monthly to address the challenges and improve services for those re-entering the County from jail or prison.  To join contact NAMI at 503.356.6835.

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  • Length: 28:11 minutes (32.25 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 10/17/11 Hosted by Peter Pincetl and Jay Thiemeyer

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/17/2011

Prison Pipeline hosts Jay Thiemeyer and Peter Pincetl discuss the importance of stable housing to successful re-entry. With guests Larry Johnson of the Highland Access Re-entry and Recovery Program and Liv Jenssen of the Transition Services Unit from the Dept. of Community Justice, topics visited range from the challenges faced by families to services provided to  individuals with special needs, such as those with mental health issues and the geriatric. Jay offers several opportunities for listeners to get involved-if you or someone you know is interested, please email prisonpipeline@lists.riseup.net.

 
Larry Johnson and H.A.R.R.P. can be reached at www.harrp.org
 
Liv Jenssen and the Transition Services Unit can be reached at http://web.multco.us/dcj-adult/tsu
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  • Length: 40:08 minutes (45.93 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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