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, Stephanie Guy, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson 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

Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network: Spotlight on Oregon, Hour-long Special

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Mon, 10/06/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network: Spotlight on Oregon, Hour-long Special
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In an hour-long special, host Amy Johnson interviews Michael H. Fox of the Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network. The Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network supports overly charged, wrongfully convicted, and unfairly sentenced women globally. Fox discusses the cases of 3 Oregonian women who were tangentially involved in crimes that are serving sentences of over 25 years - equal sentences to the perpetrators. Fox illustrates how our legal system is overly sentencing women who decide to stand trial through character assassination by prosecutors and the American mindset truly being "you are guilty until proven innocent". Tune in to hear the stories of Karlyn Eklof, Tammy Traxtle, and Kiesha Johnson.

Prison Pipeline with Maureen Frary, Program Manager of Washington County Jail

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Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Peter Pincetl speaks with Maureen Frary, Program Manager of the Washington County Jail

Listen to host Peter Pincetl interview Maureen Frary, Program Manager of the Washington County Jail. For the past 18 years the Washington County Jail has worked to set those within it's walls up for success, and a major component of that is the programming. Tune in to learn more about what that looks like.

Supporting Prisoners, Print Media & the Cascade Media Convergence

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Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Supporting Prisoners, Print Media & the Cascade Media Convergence

Adam Carpinelli interviews Ed Mead with Prison Art, Rock and California Prison Focus. Ed Mead is a former Political Prisoner for related activity with the clandestine George Jackson Brigade. Ed is based in Seattle and focuses on using print media to reach out, connect and educate people in prison. The discussion includes Tim Rice from the Cascade Media Convergence and will focus on the power of print media in supporting prisoners during hunger and work strikes such as Pelican Bay California. Ed Mead will be in Portland September 19-21st 2014 at the first Cascade Media Convergence in Portland.
For more information: Cascade Media Convergence: www.cascademedia.cc

Liysa Swart, Domestic Violence Advocate

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Mon, 09/08/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Liysa Swart, Domestic Violence Advocate
Karen James interviews domestic violence advocate Liysa Swart. Liysa released from prison in 2012 after serving 12 years for killing her abusive husband. Many women serving time in Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s only women’s prison, picked up a bat or knife to stop an abusive partner. Liysa says the women end up serving long sentences under Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing law, Measure 11, while the abusive partner is free. She works tirelessly to raise awareness about domestic violence which she calls a national disgrace.
http://www.liysanorthon.com/
http://www.voicessetfree.org/

Cascade Media Convergence & Political Prisoner Sundiata Acoli

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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Cascade Media Convergence & Political Prisoner Sundiata Acoli
Prison Pipeline host Adam Carpinelli will interview Walidah Imarisha with the Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign and Claude Marks from the Freedom archives. The discussion will focus on how different forms of media are used to promote prison justice issues such as long term U.S.-held Political Prisoner Sundiata Acoli. Claude Marks will be in Portland September 19-21st 2014 at the first Cascade Media Convergence in Portland.

For more information: Cascade Media Convergence: www.cascademedia.cc

Freedom Archives: www.freedomarchives.org

Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign: www.sundiataacoli.org

Facebook event for Sundiata Acoli day of action in Portland: www.facebook.com/events/1454905181448848

Walidah Imarisha: www.walidah.com
 

Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society
Amy Johnson interviews members of the Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc (M.I.S.S.). M.I.S.S. is a non-profit support group for families of the incarcerated. M.I.S.S'  website, mothersofinmates.org, has resources for family members and hosts a chat forum primarily for mothers and fathers dealing with the incarceration of a child. Learn about this valuable resource and how it is helping family members cope with the pain and isolation of their loved one's incarceration and the group's actions to persuade legislators to change our justice system.

Massachusetts Prisoner's Lonely Journey

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Massachusetts Prisoner's Lonely Journey
Justin Chapin interviews Tony, a Massachusetts prisoner and acquaintance, who uses his precious phone time to tell us his story. Accused and convicted of a crime from which there is no recovery, Tony was abandoned by his friends and family. After an attempted suicide at his trial, he managed to escape for two weeks. Join me for a rare, personal insight into a lonely journey, parallels of which are all too common in America's justice system.

Ruth Kovacs hosts!

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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ruth Kovacs hosts!
Longtime Prison Pipeline host Ruth Kovacs is back in Portland and behind the mic at KBOO! Join Ruth and guests as she talks about her plans for involvement with people in and out of the prison system.


Mass Incarceration is Slavery

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Mass Incarceration is Slavery
Morgan Kelly presents a workshop by JoNina Abron-Ervin & Lorenzo Ervin. “Mass Imprisonment is Prison Slavery” was presented at the 5th Annual Law & Disorder Conference held May 2014 at Portland State University. More people are incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails than in any other country in the world. With just five percent of the world’s population, America has twenty-five percent of the world’s prison population. The workshop examines how the “war” on drugs led to the current mass imprisonment of people of color, who comprise half of the over two million people incarcerated in U.S.

School to Prison Pipeline

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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School to Prison Pipeline
Dakotah Kennedy interviews Mark McKechnie from Youth, Rights, & Justice about the school-to-prison pipeline. The school-to-prison pipeline refers to certain rules that channel youth (particularly youth of color) out of school and into the criminal justice system. Tune in to hear both Mark's thoughts on the issue as well as the personal experiences from the guys incarcerated at MacLaren. http://youthrightsjustice.org/mission
http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

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Prison Pipeline 12/19/11 w/ Mark Arnold and his family Hosted by Grace Reed

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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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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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