Tom Becker hosts this episode on Politics, Poetry, and Prisons. Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance about Chevron and city government. Joe Clement talks with Tamara Lynne and Daisy Montague of Living Stages about their upcoming working-class poetry open mike. Iven Hale and Frann Michel report on a Partnership for Safety and Justice panel on the increasing incarceration of women and girls in Oregon. Left & the Law: Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the Innocence Project to exonerate the wrongly convicted.
57:57 minutes (26.53 MB)
Jan Haaken and Mike Snediker discuss the Innocence Project which seeks to free those wrongfully convicted of crimes. They discuss the development of DNA technology that made it possible to discover the large numbers of wrongful convictions, and the reasons for those many miscarriages of justice—including tunnel vision or confirmatory bias, police and prosecutorial misconduct, and mistaken eyewitnesses. Juries are still instructed to consider the level of confidence of eyewitnesses, even though there is no relation between confidence and accuracy.
13:15 minutes (6.07 MB)
Republican Kim Thatcher currently holds the seat in House District 25 but is running for the seat in Senate District 13. She talked with Don Merrill about why a return to vocational training in high school is important for kids who may not choose college, how checks and balances can help prevent the police from becoming more militarized, and why, although our government may work slow, slow is better than the speed with which it moves in China. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:27 minutes (26.97 MB)