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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Episode Archive

Prison Abolition & Prisoners' Health

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Prison Abolition & Prisoners' Health
Adam Carpinelli will interview members of Critical Resistance (CR). CR is a national grassroots organization building a movement to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). CR currently has chapters in New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland and Portland, OR. Chapter projects range from fighting policing in working class communities of color, to community education projects, to grassroots campaigns to oppose prison and jail construction. What unites all of these projects is a commitment to working for the eventual elimination of the PIC. Prisoners suffer from poor conditions inside and in turn have different health issues. Prisoners like Mutulu Shakur have provided acupuncture to other prisoners and there will be an event in Portland on February 7th that will raise funds for Mutulu.

Ending Indefinite Solitary Confinement

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Ending Indefinite Solitary Confinement
Karen James interviews Marie Levin from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition and California Families Against Solitary Confinement. Marie Levin’s brother, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, was one of the main representatives of the Pelican Bay Prison strikes to protest the cruel, inhumane and tortuous conditions in California’s Security Housing Units (SHU). Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, who spent over 30 years in the SHU, was also one of the plaintiffs in the 2012 class action filed against California’s governor. In September 2015 a settlement was reached in this case that transformed California’s use of solitary confinement.
https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/

Morpheus Youth Project

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Morpheus Youth Project
Carlos Chavez and guests Guy Matalliano, Abel Mandujano and Kevin Le discuss the Morpheus Youth Project (MYP), a nonprofit organization that provides creative educational workshops and activities to underserved youth in the Portland metropolitan and surrounding area. In late February, MYP will launch "Profiles”, a brand new KBOO podcast produced by MYP recording and production students at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. “Profiles” will share how individuals are transformed into criminals in our communities. Tune in to Prison Pipeline on February 29th to hear “Profiles”.
http://www.morpheusyouth.org/

With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories, Part 3 with Special Guest

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/11/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories, Part 3 with Special Guest

With You on the Journey was a performance of monologues written by family members of people in prison, it included 11 monologues by 10 family members. The performance was the culmination of six writing workshops 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.

Ruth Kovacs and Guests

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Ruth Kovacs and Guests
Ruth Kovacs speaks with Prison Pipeline hosts Adam Carpinelli and Karen James.  Happy New Year!

With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories, Part 2

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
With You on the Journey: Families of People in Prison Tell Their Stories, Part 2
With You on the Journey - Part 2
With You on the Journey was 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.

Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier update

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier update
Adam Carpinelli will interview Chauncy Peltier son of Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier. After being locked up for many years, Leonard continues to support his people and give back to the Native American community locally and nationally. Every winter the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee puts on a winter clothing and toy drive for Native American communities. Chauncy Peltier recently visited his father and will report back on Leonard's health and events in Portland to help support his campaign for presidential pardon.
For more information: www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

Jury Nullification

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Jury Nullification
Emma Lugo interviews Mindy Griffiths and Kristin Flor from the program Voices of the Cannabis War for an in-depth discussion of jury nullification. Jury nullification occurs when a jury returns a verdict of "Not Guilty" despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it believes is either immoral or wrongly applied to the defendant whose fate they are charged with deciding.
https://www.facebook.com/voicesofwar1
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/voicesofwar

Siobhann Tighe, Bringing Voices from the Inside to the Public

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Siobhann Tighe, Bringing Voices from the Inside to the Public
Siobhann Tighe is a broadcast journalist from the United Kingdom based in London. She works for the BBC and was recently the head of National Prison Radio(http://www.prisonradioassociation.org/national-prison-radio/), a radio station created for prisoners by prisoners. National Prison Radio broadcasts in prisons in England and Wales. Siobhann visited KBOO on October 27th while she was on a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She traveled to Sweden, Washington D.C., Texas and Oregon to look at programs that bring the voices of people who are or who have been in prison to the public airwaves. Siobhann aimed to learn if these programs can create insight into a world most of us don't know about without being too risky to manage.

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/

Audio

Mid Valley Mentors

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 12/06/2010

Mid Valley Mentors was represented by Suzanne Jorgensen, Communications & Development Director and Alex El’Dabaa, the RSP Match Support Specialist.

You can become a mentor and help someone transition out of incarceration back into society. For more information about this fine Mentoring program, call, 503.584.4827 or go to their website, www.MidValleyMentors.org. They are located at 3030 Center St. NE in Salem.

  • Title: Mid Valley Mentors
  • Length: 27:01 minutes (24.73 MB)
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Tim King from Salem-News comments on the William Coleman case

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 11/22/2010

The editor and founder of Salem-News, Tim King, told us about his investigation of the William Coleman case. Our conversation explored racism at OSP, and in Oregon. You can read more articles written by Tim at www.salem-news.com or you can e-mail him at tim@Salem-News.com. His reports are thorough, well done and diverse.

Enjoy the holidays and thank you for listening to Prison Pipeline.
 

  • Length: 28:09 minutes (25.77 MB)
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Dave Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 11/15/2010

Dave Dahl, a friend to prisoners and folks on the outside who advocate for improving the prison system, was our telephone guest tonight. Ruth and Dave talked about the importance of maintaining relationships with family and friends during incarceration.

  • Length: 27:22 minutes (4.7 MB)
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An evening with Solara McFarland

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 11/01/2010

Solara McFarland, recovering addict, ex-con and now an advocate of prison reform talked about House Bill 2442.

Also, since you're interested in prison issues, be sure to check the Street Roots Auction. You can join Ruth and a distinguished guest for an Italian or Hungarian dinner at Ruth's house. Check these links for details.

http://streetrootsauction.org/content/dinner-and-politics-1-talking-pris...

http://streetrootsauction.org/content/dinner-and-politics-2-talking-pris...

http://streetrootsauction.org/content/four-one-hour-piano-lessons-w-ruth...

 

Junior talks about life before and after prison

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/25/2010

Our guest, Junior has been in six maximum-security prisons in the last twenty years. Twenty-seven years ago he became a skinhead and is one of the five founding members of the White Nights. In 1996, his life changed and he is now a student and an active advocate for youth and prisoners.

Updates on Mumia and November elections

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/18/2010

We heard from Shawn Carnahan, who provided updates on Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Erika Spaet who shared the position Partnership, Safety and Justice has taken on some of the the November election issues.

If you appreciate Prison Pipeline and the other fine programs presented on KBOO, call in your pledge or click on the tip jar on the right hand corner of this website to help support this station.
 

Ailsa Weisnewski and Blacque Butterfly perform

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

Another Membership Drive night! Tonight we had two fine guests – Blacque Butterfly, presented a few spoken word pieces and Ailsa Weisnewski sang a few songs. Thank you all for listening and I hope some of you called in Membership Pledges to KBOO. If you didn’t get a chance, remember you can pledge anytime – and we hope you mention Prison Pipeline when you do. Be sure to see our photo.

Ailsa Weisnewski performs

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

It’s Membership Drive night, so we wanted to do something special—and we did! Our guest Ailsa Weisnewski, sang while she strummed her guitar. We heard two original songs (one of them based on a poem Ruth Kovacs shared with Ailsa), a Bob Dylan song (when sung by Ailsa didn’t sound anything like Bob Dylan), and “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” closed our show.

Thanks to those who called in and pledged!
 

Attorney Walter Ledesma shares his experiences

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 09/27/2010

Prison Pipeline guest was Walter Ledesma, Attorney at Law, who has worked with hundreds of incarcerated folks during his career. The discussion covered parole (including a short history), Ballot Measure 11, the death penalty, a Parole Board update and more.

Walter Ledesma can be contacted by telephone, 503.981.0101, at his office in Woodburn, or for more information, go to the website, www.kleinhand.com.
 

Ballot Measure 73

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Mon, 09/20/2010

Caylor Roling, Prison Program Director from Partnership for Safety and Justice talked to the Prison Pipeline listeners about Ballot Measure #73, introduced by Kevin Mannix. PS&J advocates a “NO” vote on this measure.

  • Title: Ballot Measure 73
  • Length: 25:44 minutes (23.56 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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