MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility is the largest youth prison in Oregon. The majority of the youth housed there serve long sentences of five years or more. While serving time there, the youth live on units referred to as cottages. These are basically dorms that the young people spend most of their time in. They have time for exercise at the gym, they can pick up jobs during the day, go to school and have “group.”
Walidah Imarisha on the history of Blacks in Oregon and race relations in the United States. Samantha Taylor and Del Criscenzo ask Walidah about the peculiar history of African Americans in Oregon and Portland and openly talk about the "isms" that continue to impact our society. Walidah is a historian, a reporter, a poet, a spoken word artist, a documentary film maker, a writer and a community organizer. She teaches for the Black Studies department at Portland State University and in the Women’s Studies Department at Oregon State University. This Spring term you can take her class on the History of the Black Panther Party at PSU, and a class on race, gender and empire in Disney films at OSU.
Grace E Reed interviews Cindy Thompson founder/director of Destiny Network. Cindy is an author and advocate of restorative justice and prison reform working with inmates and their children. She is instrumental in creating new policies for employment and wages while incarcerated. Her work's focus is to positively affect rehabilitation, reduction of recidivism and re-entry.
In this episode, Megan Vosk asks a local professor to share her knowledge about gendered pathways to crime. Emily Salisbury is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at Portland State University who teaches a class called "Women, Crime, and Justice". Her research explores the unique needs and risks of women offenders in prison settings.
Join host Peter Pincetl as he discusses the Highland Access, Recovery and Reentry Program (HARRP) with Larry Johnson and Louise Wedge. HARRP's goals are to help formerly incarcerated people become successful, reunite with their loved ones and stay out of prison. They work primarily with people being released into the Portland Metro Area. For more information please visit their website at http://www.harrp.org/.
Jay Thiemeyer, host for PrisonPipeline, talks with Brian Lindstrom about his movie 'AlienBoy', which gives a human face and history to James 'JimJim' Chasse, the mentally ill man brutalized by the Portland police several years ago. He died en route to the hospital from injuries sustained in the police assault. With us will be Dan Handelman, longtime coordinator of Portland CopWatch, whose purpose is to hold rogue cops to account. Don't miss Prison Pipeline every Monday evening at 6:30.
Jay Thiemeyer, talks with Brian Lindstrom about his movie 'AlienBoy', concerning James 'JimJim' Chasse
On this evening's Prison Pipeline, host Megan Vosk explores issues surrounding trans-people in prison. She interviews a NY attorney, Adam Pulver, about a recent case involving a trans-woman at Rikers Island who sued her guards for harrassment and abuse. The episode also features a discussion with Toshio Meronek, Eric A. Stanley, and Ralowe T. Ampu, co-editors of the book, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. For more info, or to order a copy, you can check out the website: http://captivegenders.net/ (or, you can purchase a copy from Powell's and KBOO gets a cut).
Tonight's show features new collective member Patty Katz and her guest Tammy Wilkins. Patty is a formerly incarcerated individual who is passionate about aiding people reentering society from incarceration and empowering them to find their voice in the political arena through voter engagement. Tonight she introduces some of her experience during a discussion with Tammy Wilkins.
Tammy is a formerly incarcerated person who is now pursuing her degree at Portland State University. During tonight's discussion she shares her experiences and hopes for the future with our audience.