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.

 
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Episode Archive

Debtors’ Prisons: Past and Present

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/20/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/13/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/29/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/22/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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
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Mon, 06/15/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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

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Prison Pipeline
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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

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/01/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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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
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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

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Updates from Partnership for Safety and Justice

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 02/21/2011

Erika Spaet from Partnership for Safety and Justice gave us an update of current topics the organization is focusing on. For more information, listeners can go to www.safetyandjustice.org, or telephone the PS&J office at 503/335-8449, or send U.S. Mail to P.O.Box 40085, Portland, OR 97240.

The Jericho Movement for Political Prisoner Amnesty asks that we voice our opinion on February 24th at the Portland City Council meeting before they vote on whether or not the City of Portland should re-enter the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Or write to City Council Members. This Wednesday, there will be a sign-making party for the rally at Portland Central America Solidarity (PCASL) Headquarters. For more information, Telephone: 503/750-0523.
 

History of Prisons

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 02/14/2011

In honor of Black History month, our show briefly reviewed the history of the Prison System in the U.S. Brenda Escobar, our engineer helped by presenting some of the facts we found in our research. After you listen to this show, we hope you’ll use the web to learn even more about our Prison System.

  • Length: 26:51 minutes (10.75 MB)
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Crystal Cooper from the 2010 Out 4 Life Conference

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 02/07/2011

Tonight we bring you Crystal Cooper. Crystal is a recovery mentor with Bridges to Change. She spoke about her job as a mentor at the 2010 Out 4 Life Re-entry Conference. On tonight's show we share with you the presentation she gave at the conference.

Friends of Prison Pipeline

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 01/31/2011

For tonight's special one hour membership show, we bring you some excerpts of friends that have visited Prison Pipeline.

  • Length: 39:32 minutes (15.83 MB)
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Dinner at Ruth's House

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 01/24/2011

Dinner with Ruth, a fundraiser for Street Roots, included some special guests who shared stories about prison issues. We presented excerpts of these conversations on tonight’s show. Guests at the dinner included Jeremiah Stromberg, Margaret Puckette, and Gretchen Vala.

If you want to hear us discuss certain issues or events, visit our website or email us your ideas or feedback at: prisonpipeline@gmail.com. And you can follow us on Twitter: prisonpipeline.

Congratulations to Potluck in the Park who were recently named for $50,000 grant from
Walmart. More about this was on the 5:00 KBOO evening news tonight (1/24)
You can search the Street Roots website – www.streetroots.com
 

  • Length: 26:59 minutes (24.71 MB)
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Adam Carpinelli from the Oregon Jericho Movement

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 01/17/2011

Our show on MLK day was about Political Prisoners. We’re sure Dr. King would be speaking out against Political Prisoners if he were with us today. Our guest was Adam Carpinelli, from Oregon Jericho which is the local chapter of The Jericho Movement. For more about Jericho, www.thejerichomovement.com

  • Length: 30:08 minutes (27.59 MB)
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Better People

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 01/10/2011

Tonight's guest Clariner Boston from Better People discussed the upcoming educational forum about gangs being hosted by Better People.

The Forum will be held Thursday January 13th at the Irvington Covenant Church on 4446 NE MLK Blvd from 11:30-1:30. Panelists include Mayor Sam Adams.

To see change in policies of crime and punishment, we discuss real alternatives for youth.

To get in contact with Better People call 503 281 2663

  • Length: 27:49 minutes (25.47 MB)
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Scott Cannon and Son

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 01/03/2011

Scott Cannon and his son Mathias came to our show today to share their stories after Scott spent almost 11 years in lockdown for a crime he did not commit.

  • Title: Scott Cannon and Son
  • Length: 29:57 minutes (27.42 MB)
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Jamaica Imani-Nelson shares her stories

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 12/27/2010

Prison Pipeline guest was Jamaica Imani-Nelson. She was released from Coffee Creek about two years ago and is now employed as the Administrative Assistant at PovertyBridge, an organization that creates authentic opportunities for people in poverty. Jamaica’s biggest challenge has recently been to personally provide immediate intervention for women being released at 12:01 a.m., who have no other place to sleep. The need has increased since the closing of the YWCA. Jamaica shared her stories with us and is truly inspiring.

Calls From Home

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 12/20/2010

Today’s show focused on the Calls from Home project from WMMT and Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY. Prison Pipeline volunteer LT interviews Julia Taylor about how families and communities can stay connected to prisoners through radio. We also shared some of those recorded messages and had a few local callers broadcast their message on tonight's show.

We would like to adopt a program like this here at Prison Pipeline so we encourage you to call 503.231.8032 and leave a message for Prison Pipeline with the KBOO receptionist (with your contact info!) and we will call you back to record your message for a future broadcast.

You can also email: prisonpipeline@gmail.com. Please send us feedback, comments, possible show ideas or anything else you want to share with us. Thank you for listening.

  • Length: 29:00 minutes (26.54 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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