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, 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.

 
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Episode Archive

Uhuru SaSa 2014 POETRY SHARE

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Uhuru SaSa 2014 POETRY SHARE
On October 25th, the Uhuru SaSa Club held their Poetry Share at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. Hear poetry by MC & Creative Director Sterling Cunio, So Kosal, Morrice James, Paul Grice, and Tecuma Jackson. This year’s theme was Love and Redemption. Karen James interviews the performers and Uhuru president John L. Smith. Uhuru SaSa welcomes community volunteers to help with their programs at the prison such as U.S.E.L.F. which helps to re-educate, motivate and encourage positive changes. To volunteer, contact Staff Advisor Bill Marion, 503.378.2289, bill.f.marion@doc.state.or.us

Morpheus Youth Project

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Morpheus Youth Project
Stephanie Guy interviews Danny Gonzalez, who was formerly incarcerated at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, about the radio journalism class he took at the facility taught by the Morpheus Youth Project, a nonprofit organization providing creative educational workshops and activities to underserved youth in the Portland metropolitan and surrounding area. We'll also hear a presentation by Carlos Chavez, director and co-founder of MYP, given at the Cascade Media Convergence on Sept. 20th. http://www.morpheusyouth.org http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

Stories of Survival & Struggle

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Stories of Survival & Struggle
Adam Carpinelli will interview Becca Echeverria. Echeverria is an activist based in Washington state and volunteers to the AVID Program in a local high school and works with youth currently incarcerated at Green Hill School (Prison). She will discuss her contribution to the recently published book Dear Sister which is a collection of over 40 women's stories, letters and essays. The pieces are all centered from a survivors perspective and writing to fellow survivors.

Rusty Butler, Siletz Tribal Member

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Rusty Butler, Siletz Tribal Member
Karen James interviews Rusty Butler, a Siletz tribal member who works as prevention coordinator for the tribal alcohol and drug program in his community on the central Oregon coast. Rusty spent his teen years incarcerated at MacLaren, Oregon’s youth correctional facility. When his spiritual practices were not included among the religious practices offered at MacLaren, Rusty and his family took steps to bring native traditions to MacLaren. Rusty tells of his release from MacLaren at age 21, his unsuccessful transition back to his Siletz community, and how, years later, he returns to work with the Siletz youth. Rusty also assists as a spiritual practitioner in Oregon men’s prisons.
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians http://ctsi.nsn.us/

Supporting Prisoner Strikes

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Supporting Prisoner Strikes
We'll hear a workshop from the Law & Disorder Conference held in Portland in May 2014. The workshop, Supporting Prisoner Strikes, from Palestine to Pelican Bay, was facilitated by Bo Brown, Prison Activist Resource Center; and Ed Mead, publisher, Rock Newsletter. They discuss the ins and outs of supporting prisoners on hunger and work strikes. PARC is a prison abolitionist group based in Oakland, California. The Rock newsletter came about as a result of the July 2011 hunger strike by California prisoners and has been supportive of prisoner efforts to empower themselves. L&D Conference sponsors were Students for Unity and the Jericho Movement. This event was recorded by Paul Roland. PARC https://www.prisonactivist.org

Allyship in the New Age of Abolition

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Allyship in the New Age of Abolition
Allyship in the New Age of Abolition: Assata Shakur & Political Prisoners

'Tough on Kids' Laws

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/13/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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'Tough on Kids' Laws
The Justice for Youth event was held in Portland on September 13th. The event was an opportunity to learn about the negative impact of “tough on kids” laws such as Oregon's Measure 11 that unfairly target youth as young as 15 years old and treat youth of color more harshly by prosecuting them in the adult system and sending them away for long mandatory sentences. Karen James interviews leaders from Multnomah Youth Commission, OregonCure, MRG Foundation, Red Lodge Transitions, NAACP Youth, Momentum Alliance and others. The event was organized by Partnership for Safety and Justice, Momentum Alliance, Oregon Student Association, and Multnomah Youth Commission.
Partnership for Safety & Justice http://www.safetyandjustice.org/

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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 10/06/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network: Spotlight on Oregon, Hour-long Special
Worldwide Womens Criminal Justice Network without membership drive breaks

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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
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

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
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

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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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Prison Pipeline
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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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Prison Pipeline
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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.

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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
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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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