Kevin Mannix promised voters in 1994 that his Ballot Measure 11 establishing minimum mandatory sentences would create certainty in Oregon's criminal justice system. While the measure tripled the state's prison population over 20 years, a new report by the state Criminal Justice Commission finds that Measure 11 not only failed to deliver certainty, it has cost the state billions of dollars while it shifting sentencing power from the hands of judges to those of district attorneys - a shift many see as dangerous.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talked with Wray Harris, president of Iraq Veterans Against the War (Oregon) about who is paying the real cost of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Thabiti talks to Jan about his new book "Ballers of the New School" (available at Talking Drum books) that looks at transformations in racial consciousness and performance in America in the realms of sports. Tabhti brings up W.E. DuBois notion of "the tunis" ("this idea of being a person of color and being an American, and that sense of that American identity being denied or not acknowledged") and how through sports/youth culture people of color have come to disavow it.
Today's Old Mole, hosted by Tom Becker on left, features interviews about the protests in Wisconsin, the complexity of deficits, the experience of race through sports culture and liberation rap growing out of the Egyptian revolution.