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, 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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More Prison Beds in Oregon

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
More Prison Beds in Oregon
Karen James interviews Shannon Wight, Deputy Director, Partnership for Safety and Justice. In 2013 Oregon legislators passed House Bill 3194 that stopped prison growth for 5 years. A Justice Reinvestment fund was created from the savings and distributed to Oregon counties for community support services to help offenders and decrease the flow into the prison system. Just 2 years later, Oregon lawmakers are considering using $9 million from the Justice Reinvestment funds to expand the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras to accommodate a growing inmate population.
http://www.safetyandjustice.org/

Voices of the Cannabis War

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Voices of the Cannabis War
Emma Lugo interviews Mindi Griffiths from the program Voices of the Cannabis War. In spite of the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon and three other states, and the legalization of medical marijuana in almost half of the country, hundreds of people are still incarcerated for lengthy prison sentences, even life terms simply for participating in what is now a legal activity. Emma talks with Mindi about some of the prisoners who have been incarcerated for twenty years or longer and what we can do to help raise awareness about their unjust imprisonment.
https://www.facebook.com/voicesofwar1
http://www.blogtalkradio

Reflections on Organizing Against Prisons

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Reflections on Organizing Against Prisons
Adam Carpinelli interviews Masai Ehehosi, former Black Liberation Army Prisoner of War. Ehehosi is co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national prison abolitionist organization. He currently sits on the advisory board of the Jericho Amnesty Movement for the liberation of all Political Prisoners. The interview will focus on prison abolition, Political Prisoner amnesty and reflections on organizing against prisons.
www.criticalresistance.org
www.thejerichomovement.com

Van Jones: Cutting Mass Incarceration

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Van Jones: Cutting Mass Incarceration
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Karen James interviews CNN contributor and author Van Jones. Cut 50, an organization he co-founded, plans to cut U.S. mass incarceration by 50% in ten years. In July, President Obama visited a federal prison and there’s bipartisan Congressional support for legislation to reform the criminal justice system. Van Jones believes this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for reform.
Van Jones http://www.vanjones.net/
Cut 50 http://www.justicereformnow.org/
S.2123 Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s2123
H.R. 2944 Safe Justice Act https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr2944

Employment & Support after Incarceration

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Employment & Support after Incarceration
Ruth Kovacs interviews Erik Rise, Iron Tribe case manager. As a formerly incarcerated person, he tells of his prison experience and finding employment with Iron Tribe upon release. Iron Tribe is a non-profit recovery network of formerly incarcerated men and women who provide services, housing and support for persons releasing from jail and prison.

With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/26/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories
With You on the Journey is a performance of monologues written by family members of people in prison. The performance was the culmination of six writing workshops which took place in the summer and was held at The First Unitarian Church of Portland on October 18th, 2015. This project was conceived of by Carol Imani, a college writing instructor who has taught creative writing in juvenile detention facilities and adult prison and it was funded by the Regional Arts and Cultural Council. The performance included 11 monologues by 10 family members.

Reforming Measure 11

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/19/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Reforming Measure 11
On 9/19 criminal defense attorney Jesse William Barton presented “Maximizing the Chances of Obtaining True Measure 11 Reform” in Wilsonville. During an interview with Karen James, he discusses Measure 11, Oregon’s one-strike-you’re-out mandatory minimum sentencing law passed by Oregonians in 1994. Barton believes that in order to reform Measure 11, we must first invalidate Measure 10, a constitutional amendment also passed by Oregonians in 1994, which states that the Oregon legislature cannot reduce voter-approved sentences without two-thirds supermajority vote.
http://jessbartonlaw.com/
Mazimizing the Chances.. http://jessbartonlaw.com/editorials-and-essays/
Measure 11 http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/RESRCH/pages/measure_11.aspx

Kris Hermes: Crashing the Party

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/12/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Kris Hermes: Crashing the Party
Emma Lugo and special guest Kris Hermes, mass defense coordinator for the National Lawyer's Guild and author of Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000. Crashing the Party explains how events at the Republican National Convention led Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney to develop repressive policing methods that have since been used extensively across the U.S.  Dissidents in particular have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests.

MacLaren Youth, Gang Culture & Measure 11

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
MacLaren Youth, Gang Culture & Measure 11
What does criminalization look like in Oregon when our youth are targeted and how does that play out when those youth face mandatory minimum sentencing? How does it feel returning to your home community after serving a long sentence with a felony now on your record? Host Carlos Chavez interviews Guy Mattaliano and Abel Mandujano on their experiences navigating youth gang culture in Oregon and the challenges of the school to prison pipeline and Measure 11.

Oregon's Measure 11 http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/RESRCH/pages/measure_11.aspx
MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

MEASURE 11: TIME DOES NOT FIT THE CRIME

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
MEASURE 11: TIME DOES NOT FIT THE CRIME
A new group, Time Does Not Fit the Crime, has brought new energy to the fight to reform Measure 11, Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing law. Hear organizers Patty Youngblood and Barb Dickerson as they discuss reasons to reform Measure 11 at an event held September 19, 2015. Oregon Senator Chuck Riley (D-15) also speaks about the need to eliminate the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) influence on Oregon politics. Also presenting at the event was criminal defense attorney Jesse William Barton, hear his interview with host Karen James on Oct 19, 2015 on Prison Pipeline.
Time Does Not Fit the Crime http://measure11reform.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ReformMeasure11TimeDoesNotFitTheCrime?fref=nf

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Ruth's Last Show! Dave's Killer Bread, Dave Dahl

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 06/27/2011

Ruth Kovac will be loved and missed,  in this last episode she interviews Dave Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread and how his company continues to help ex-con's to get on their feet and stay on the right path.

Prison Pipeline will continue to air and stay on the mission of justice,  progress,  and hope.

Stay tuned for more great episodes!

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Ruth Interviews Grace Reed

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 05/30/2011

Grace Reed, whose work focuses on what needs to change, especially with addiction issues with at-risk youths, the homeless and the community, was our telephone interview guest. More about the work Grace Reed does can be found at www.negotiatingshadows.com. Her website will also describe the two books she has written about at-risk youths.

The next ROAR Quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15th from 1:30 to 3:30. The meeting will start with the premiere screening of “The Next Right Thing”, a video on re-entry and employment. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with several employers around why they will hire and will not hire formerly incarcerated people, and how we can make it happen more often. The meeting will be held at the Mercy Corps HQ in downtown Portland at 45 SW Ankeny Street. Parking is available at a Smartpark on 33 NW Davis and the MAX Skidmore Fountain Red and Blue line stop is just one block west. Refreshments will be provided.
 

Laure Clemons, Executive Director of Extended Family

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 05/16/2011

On tonight's show, Host Ruth Kovacs interviewed Laure Clemons, Executive Director of Extended Family, a support system for families of prisoners.

To learn more about the organization or how you can start a chapter in your community, you can go to www.extendedfamilysupport.org or you can mail a letter to P.O. Box 26 Centre, AL 35960 asking for information.

You can also reach Laure Clemons at 257.927.9772 or emailing extendedfamily@tds.net.

To read more on Laure and her organization, check out the April 15th issue of Street Roots.

 

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Bob's family shares some updates

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/18/2011

Ruth gives an update about Bob, who was the first prisoner she ever visited. Even though the interview with his family has some static, it gives a good picture of families doing the time with their loved one.

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Gary Sims, Administrator for Oregon Prison Programs

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/04/2011

Gary Sims, administrator of religious programs, victims services and volunteer programs for the state of Oregon discussed with Ruth the importance of maintaining quality programs in the prison system.

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Pregnant Women in Prison

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/28/2011

Brenda Escobar, friend and engineer for Prison Pipeline, presented a report about pregnant women in prison. She talked about the cruel and unusual hardships these women face, as well as some of the legislature that is working on changing the system. (Thank you, Brenda – good job!)

ANNOUNCING A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Someone is needed to help Books for Prisoners. Once every week (or two) about ten boxes of donated books can be picked up in Beaverton and delivered to Books for Prisoners to Alex. For more information, call Alex at 503.740.4375 or email him at pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net.

Anyone who helps out would be doing a really fine thing for the prisoners in Oregon.

Next week, April 4, 2011, the Prison Pipeline guest will be Gary Sims, the Oregon state administrator of Religious Services and volunteer programs.
 

Portland Youth Builders

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

Recently I was asked to speak to a class about prison issues at Portland Youth Builders. This non-profit organization is committed to providing long term support for low income youth who have dropped out of high school.

Contact information: To become a student call 503/286-9350 – Ext 259, or to make a donation call (same number) 503/286-9350 – Ext 243.

 A special thanks to the students and staff at Portland Youth Builders for their hospitality and for doing what they do.

Women in Prison Special

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Tue, 03/08/2011

For International Women's Day, Prison Pipeline brings you an hour long special focused on women in prison. We bring you excerpts from plays, music and poetry all created by women in prison. We share with you the history of female incarceration and the state of current women prison issues. We also bring you voices of women who have been incarcerated or have a loved one in prison.

Thanks for listening.

Welcome Gretchen Vala and Meredith Wexler from Oregon CURE

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

On tonight's show, Prison Pipeline welcomes back Gretchen Vala from Oregon CURE. Gretchen brings with her Meredith Wexler. Meredith is an Oregon CURE board of directors member and mother of a recently incarcerated son. She shared her personal story with us, discussed Measure 11 and how she has benefited from being a part of Oregon CURE.

For more information about Oregon CURE, visit their website at www.oregoncure.org

If you have any questions, comments, show ideas or feedback, please email us at prisonpipeline@gmail.com

Juveniles Serving Life Without Parole

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

On tonight's show, Ruth and Brenda will be discussing the issue of juveniles serving life without parole in adult prisons throughout the nation.

Share your thoughts with us about this issue. Email us at prisonpipeline@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you.

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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