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?”
Will Portland's new police chief fire the officer responsible for fatally shooting Aaron Campbell? The city's independent review board recommended that action, but will Chief Reese - as well as his boss, Mayor Sam Adams - oppose the Portland Police Association?
Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans five years ago this week. Katrina's impact went beyond the loss of life and property to reveal deeply rooted attitudes about race many Americans thought had withered away. Jo Ann and Dave talked about the various aspects of Katrina's impacts, including the permanent displacement of over 100,000 residents, the reshaping of the city and the federal indictments against the New Orleans police.
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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.
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.