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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 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

Organizing from Within: OSP Lakota Oyate Ki Club

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Organizing from Within: OSP Lakota Oyate Ki Club
Adam Carpinelli will interview Delphine Criscenzo and Jackie Malstrom from KBOO Community radio. Malstrom; the host and producer of Rose City Native Radio and Criscenzo have been visiting the Oregon State Penitentiary's Lakota Oyate Ki Club. The Lakota club is a Native American culture club located within the walls of the Oregon State Penitentiary. The Lakota Club is organized by Native inmates to provide quality programs and support to address the unique social, cultural, and economic needs of Native inmates. The organizers preserve, restore and sustain their Indian heritage and connection with the broader Native community. Rose City Native Radio will be celebrating its first anniversary.

Volunteering in Prison

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 04/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Volunteering in Prison
Ruth Kovacs interviews David Kirkman, a volunteer with Phoenix Rising Transitions, about his involvement with prison issues.

PSJ Lobby Day

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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PSJ Lobby Day
In March, Partnership for Safety & Justice held their Lobby Day at the capitol in Salem. PSJ members met with their legislators to discuss support for continued justice reinvestment efforts, ensure adequate service levels for victims of domestic violence and allow earned review for Oregon youth. Karen James interviews Andy Ko, PSJ’s new executive director; Jayne Downing, executive director of Salem’s Center for Hope and Safety, and two mothers of teens who faced Oregon Measure 11 charges.
Partnership for Safety & Justice http://www.safetyandjustice.org/
Center for Hope & Safety http://hopeandsafety.org/
Faith V. Love, Oregon Youth Authority Family Engagement Coordinator 503-373-7434 Email faith.love@state.or.us

Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part Two

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 03/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part Two
On February 9th at Portland State University  Maya Schenwar read from and discussed her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better. Maya's book looks at how prison breaks community ties and enacts violence which continues after release, making communities less safe and in particular, decimating communities of color. Maya's book envisions a future beyond incarceration where our responses to harm are community based and foster connection and reconciliation rather than isolation. She profiles community based initiatives that are beginning to make this vision a reality. This initial reading and discussion by Maya aired on February, 23rd (http://kboo.fm/lockeddownlocke).

Women in Prison Conference

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 03/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Women in Prison Conference
On February 7, 2015, the 12th annual Women in Prison Conference was held at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland. Karen James interviews keynote speaker, Emily Salisbury, Ph.D.; Barbara Aldave, founder & president of The Portia Project; Kasia Rutledge, Attorney, Metropolitan Public Defenders; and Susie Leavell, Program Administrator, Washington State Department of Corrections. The event was presented by The Portia Project and Oregon Justice Resource Center. http://ojrc.info/ http://www.theportiaproject.org/

Re-entry Ex-Cons

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 03/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Re-entry Ex-Cons
Ruth Kovacs speaks with Dan from Phoenix Rising Transitions.  Dan was incarcerated at 17 years old and released from prison in October 2014 after serving 17 years.  

Intersecting Imperialism and Industrial Complexes: Prison and Military

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Intersecting Imperialism and Industrial Complexes: Prison and Military
Adam Carpinelli will interview Dan Shea, a long time activist for human rights, anti-war, Latin American Solidarity, GI resistance and more. Dan is an active member of Veterans for Peace (VFP) Chapter 72. VFP is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace with140 chapters worldwide educating the public and advocating for a dismanting of the war economy. The discussion will focus on the intersections of the Prison and Military Industrial complexes. The connections between the two are highly overlooked linking U.S. imperialism, the global economy and the hyper-militarization of the police. http://www.vfpchapter72.org./ http://www.veteransforpeace.org/

Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
Air date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One
Locked Down, Locked Out: Maya Schenwar at PSU - Part One
On February 9th at Portland State University  Maya Schenwar read from and discussed her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better. Maya's book looks at how prison breaks community ties and enacts violence which continues after release, making communities less safe and in particular, decimating communities of color. Maya's book envisions a future beyond incarceration where our responses to harm are community based and foster connection and reconciliation rather than isolation. She profiles community based initiatives that are beginning to make this vision a reality. Maya Schenwar is the editor-in-chief of independent news and commentary source, Truthout (truth-out.org).

Ban Solitary Confinement

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 02/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ban Solitary Confinement
Karen James with Bob Joondeph, Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon. DRO is an organization that works to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities. Disability Rights Oregon will introduce a bill that will stop solitary confinement for persons with serious mental illness incarcerated in Oregon prisons. 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.
Disability Rights Oregon http://droregon.org/

Freeing Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 02/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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Freeing Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera
Adam Carpinelli will interview Alejandro Luis Molina the Committee Coordinator for the National Boricua Human Rights Network which focuses on the liberation of Political Prisoners from the Puerto Rican independence movement. Molina will focus the discussion on Oscar Lopez Rivera who was forced underground in 1975 with other comrades after the Justice Department identified him as an FALN leader. On May 29, 1981, he was arrested, the FBI calling him one of America's most feared fugitives. At trial, he refused to participate, declaring himself a POW. In 1981, he was convicted of armed robbery, miscellaneous charges, and seditious conspiracy - sedition pertaining to actions to incite insurrection or rebellion; conspiracy by working with others to achieve it.

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YWCA's TOP program for women

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 09/13/2010

Visitors from YWCA’s TOP Program talked about women transitioning out of incarceration.. Robyn Fountain, Program Manager of Transition Services and Suzi Penn, graduate of the TOP Program each had observations to share with Prison Pipeline listeners.

Labor Day Special

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 09/06/2010

Toby Green from the Laborers Union was the Prison Pipeline guest for our Labor Day program. Ruth and Toby discussed the prison work programs and the union jobs that some programs replace. We asked the question, “Is the Oregon prison work program “slave labor?”

  • Title: Labor Day Special
  • Length: 28:26 minutes (26.04 MB)
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Hands Across the Bridge

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/30/2010

Harry Olsen, from Phoenix Rising Transitions, brought friends to our Prison Pipeline listeners to support the Hands Across the Bridge event Sept. 6. Anne O’Malley, from ROAR and Stan Aschenbrenner, a member of Lake Oswego United Methodist Church—an affiliate of MACG 9the Metrorpolitan Alliance for Common Good, each shared their stories. Each participant helped us understand why “Now more than ever” we need to support the alcohol and drug addiction recovery programs.

 

Come join the celebration: Hands Across the Bridge – When? 10 a.m., September 6, Labor Day – Where? The Red Lion, 909 N. Hayden Island or on the Washington side: Esther Short Park, 301 W 8th Street, Vancouver.

For more info www.handsacrossthebridge.org. or August 20, Street Roots, p.13.

Teddy Hall from OSP

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/23/2010

Teddy Hall, released June 28, 2010 from OSP in Salem, shared his experiences and the challenges of re-entry. With the support of his family, friends, parole officer and several transition programs in Multnomah County, Teddy has 40 hour a week employment, housing, and plans to continue his education. He’s just 3 courses short of the 2 year degree that he worked on while incarcerated.

Next week, tune in to hear more about the Hands Across the Bridge event, September 6.
And Monday, Sept. 6, Prison Pipeline will honor Labor Day by discussing the work programs in prison.
 

  • Length: 27:57 minutes (10.14 MB)
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Controlling Community Violence

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/16/2010

Facilitator, Frank Sarvello, told us about the program, Controlling Community Violence, presented by the University of Wisconsin. The participants in the program were first time offenders that wound up in the Correctional System.

Next week, August 23, Ted Hall, who was recently released from OSP, will be our guest. He’ll share some of the challenges presented by re-entry. And August 30, we’ll be talking to friends from Phoenix Rising Transitions about the coming event, Hands Across the Bridge.

ROAR/RTC!!

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program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/09/2010

Peter Pincetl, from ROAR and their Reentry Transition Center, talked to us about those programs. Please note: If you missed the KBOO Special on August 6, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, you can find it on KBOO.fm – the front page.

  • Title: ROAR/RTC!!
  • Length: 27:04 minutes (24.78 MB)
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Gretchen Vala Interview

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/21/2010
Gretchen Vala, whose son has been incarcerated for five and a half years, now volunteers her time as president of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE). We discussed her work and focused on the Parole process.
  • Length: 26:40 minutes (24.41 MB)
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What's up with the Oregon Legislature?

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/14/2010

Caylor Rolings from Partnerships for Safety and Justice called Prison Pipeline to let our listeners know that proposed prison budget cuts should be avoided or at least scrutinized carefully. Caylor encouraged folks to write to legislators or a Letter to the Editor at the Oregonian on this issue. Next was a recent recorded interview between Ruth Kovacs and Representative Peter Buckley, who stated his position on several prison issues. Hopefully voters will know as much as possible about the candidates on the September ballot, especially their position on prison issues. 
  • Length: 28:16 minutes (25.88 MB)
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2010 Poetry Slam

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 05/24/2010
The three winners of the 2010 Poetry Slam presented by Uhuru Sa-Sa at OSP will read their poems.
  • Length: 26:35 minutes (4.56 MB)
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Chip Shields Interview

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 05/17/2010
Senator Chip Shields was tonight’s guest. Don’t miss his comments. His concern for prison issues is evident. Chip answered a few questions submitted by prisoners, and spoke quite a bit about Measure 11.
  • Length: 28:17 minutes (25.89 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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