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The Felony Inc Podcast (tm) features weekly interviews with ex-felons who have launched their own startup companies after serving time in prison, with hosts Dick Hennessy and Meg Thibodeaux. The Felony Inc Podcast also airs live every Fridays 10-11am Pacific Time.

The Felony Inc Podcast (tm) features weekly interviews with ex-felons who have launched their own startup companies after serving time in prison, with hosts Dick Hennessy and Meg Thibodeaux. The Felony Inc Podcast also airs live every Fridays 10-11am Pacific Time.

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The Felony Inc Podcast (tm) features weekly interviews with ex-felons who have launched their own startup companies after serving time in prison, with hosts Dick Hennessy and Meg Thibodeaux. The Felony Inc Podcast also airs live every Fridays 10-11am Pacific Time.

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English


Episodes

#103 Everyone Deserves a Helping Hand - Monta Knudson, Bridges to Change

5/19/2020
Founded by a husband and wife duo, Charles Simpson having been incarcerated, Bridges to Change was founded in 2004 to help released inmates navigate the patch to integrating into society again. A home was set up specifically to offer ex-felons a base of operations, and then additional houses were set up to focus on recovery and mental health issues. There are now around 60 such houses in a three county area around the Portland metro area. There are programs for those who need a short term...

Duration:00:55:39

#102 You Were an Entrepreneur and Didn't Know it - Scott Jennings, Inmates to Entrepreneurs/Fit Tech

5/13/2020
Scott Jennings has been helping inmates bring out their entrepreneurial nature with his program since the beginning of it. He addresses the drug dealers first in a group, pointing out they already have mastered the principles of supply and demand. They have recently made it into jails to do their teaching. And because of the pandemic, they have now pivoted to Zoom, which has allowed Scott to teach to amazingly expanded audiences. And he has some great lessons. How much money does it take to...

Duration:00:52:03

#101 What's the Latest? - Hosts, Meg and Dick, Chat

5/13/2020
In the time of pandemic, Meg and Dick discuss adapting, being flexible and handling the unknown. Plus, how the COVID-19 spread is so much worse in jails and prisons, with the dense living conditions, and how little the public is told about it. Felony Inc Podcast with your hosts Dick Hennessy and Meg Thibodeaux We record the Felony Inc Podcast inside NedSpace in the Bigfoot Podcast Studio in beautiful downtown Portland. Audio engineer, mixer and podcast editor is Allon Beausoleil Show logo...

Duration:00:52:25

#100 Make Your Move, but Make it a Good One - Eugene Brown, Big Chair Chess Club

5/13/2020
Coming from a neighborhood with basically third world conditions, Eugene Brown was trouble pretty much from the beginning. So prison time was almost preordained. Eugene has been a barber before incarceration and that trade kept him plenty busy behind bars, as everyone had to shave and be bald then. He read voraciously, but became intrigued with the game of chess as those in the yard were a fascinating group. Luckily, he was taken under the wing of a great mentor who taught him the basics of...

Duration:00:55:45

#99 Changing Lives is a REAL Art - Kirk Charlton, Artist

4/29/2020
Until he started "using", Kirk Charlton was a pretty good by his own account. But brushes with the law, including some Fed time landed him behind bars for over 20 years. Luckily, he began his career in prison, becoming acquainted with his gift as an artist. Only out on his own for a few months, Kirk has had to adapt to the fire hose of information and stimulation. Occasionally overwhelmed with social media, a colorful world and interaction with others, Kirk is navigating successfully but...

Duration:00:52:05

#98 A Helluva Story, A Helluva Storyteller - Georgia Durante, Stunt Woman/The Company She Keeps

4/9/2020
Return guest Georgia Durante has seen the stunt driver business change. More often than not, the drivers need a second job to keep alive; it's more part time and the advertising business has taken over the movie business. It takes a team that has worked together to pull of a great stunt, and Georgia hasn't been working the client side like she used to. And the current pandemic hasn't helped, when people can't get close to each other. Plus, she books a home - where Sharon Tate was murdered,...

Duration:00:53:23

#97 The Popcorn Queen Continues to Expand - Emily O'Brien, Cons N Kernels

4/9/2020
A return guest, Emily O'Brien has pivoted her Canadian business since the last show to be called ComebackSnacks.com. Her women-owned business hires ex-felons, is a social enterprise and she's working to get other businesses to change their social policies. In this particular pandemic, Emily's business is lucky in the fact they produce food so they have remained open. However, adjustments are being made, including free deliveries. Their stores are located with other grocery stores which has...

Duration:00:49:06

#96 Prison isn't Pretty - Hosts, Meg and Dick, Chat

4/9/2020
Meg Thibodeaux and Dick Hennessy, Felony Inc hosts, talk about their incarceration experiences to let the public know rehabilitation is not really at the top of the institutions' lists. Health, both physical as well as mental, is low on the totem pole and our hosts have seen fellow inmates die for both reasons. The recent pandemic doesn't help, with visitations from family, friends and attorneys not allowed to see the inmates. And with the close quarters of the prisons and the changing of...

Duration:00:57:11

#95 Look the Part, BE the Part - Lawrence R Carpenter, SuperClean Professional Janitorial Services

4/1/2020
Selling drugs at 11 and incarcerated at 17, Lawrence Carpenter knew he was an entrepreneur, it just took some time to realize he was in the wrong business. Now with a family, he thanks them for saving HIS life, because being there for them has given him the strength to live on the bright side of the law. Deciding to start a business, he wanted something he could do now - not after four years of college - and something that didn't take a lot of investment to get started. So, cleaning offices...

Duration:00:49:22

#94 Even His Real Story Sounds Like Fiction - Todd Brown, Author

3/5/2020
Established author and professional audio voice, Todd Brown joins the Felony Inc. family yet again. Even with all his success, Todd never forgets to appreciate where he has come from and where he is at the moment. He still gets up in the middle of the night, walks around his home and touches everything, just to remind himself of how good life is. For the first time on the show, Todd talks about his childhood, where his mother took a beating from her husband on a regular basis. He was so...

Duration:00:51:02

#93 It's Werking - Sean Beers, Portland Product Werks

3/5/2020
Returning to the show to continue inspire ex-felons to stay on the right side of the bars, Sean Beers has an update on his world-wide enterprise. Defying all odds, Sean has evolved from ex-felon to attorney, CPA and now CEO of Portland Product Werks, an international clothing brand wholesaler. He recommends a book, "David and Goliath", by Malcolm Cladwell. These short stories about individuals who came from not-so-sumptuous backgrounds to become successful points out that sometimes...

Duration:00:51:20

#92 It's All in the Eye of the Person Holding the Camera - Tim Jensen , Independent Videographer

3/5/2020
A friend of occasional host Dave Dahl, Tim Jensen is a Nebraska native who grew up in a mixed, but not particularly violent neighborhood. But it did lead him to drinking, which became his addiction of choice. It didn't start out as alcoholism, but more like a right of passage. That lifestyle contributed to his father dying when Tim was 12 and his sister was caught up in drugs. Tim is philosophical about it, having seen both better and worse situations for growing up in his travels around the...

Duration:00:54:49

#91 From the Big House to Building Houses - Josh Menges, Menges Investment Properties LLC

2/19/2020
A Boston native, Josh Menges moved to Salem, Oregon and enjoyed a middle class upbringing. He enjoyed it a little too much, starting as a tagger in the seventh grade. From there he got caught with pot in school, graduated to cocaine as a young adult and of course sold it to support his own habit. In and out of the institutions until his early 30's, a real friend "ratted" on him while on parole simply to get him caught and hopefully straightened out. It worked. He got into a circle of addicts...

Duration:00:50:06

#90 Never Look Back, Never Go Back - Meg Thibodeaux, Skyline Tavern Project

2/19/2020
Deciding "never, never to go back (to prison)", our returning guest Meg Thibodeaux was a single Mom when she entered the prison system with a son 18 months old staying on the outside. She began her criminal career as an entrepreneur, doing a bad job of choosing a dating partner and being dazzled with the huge profit margins selling Ecstasy drugs. Her involvement put her in the circle of organized crime families in the New York area and also in the crosshairs of law enforcement. Feeling...

Duration:00:54:11

#89 No Cap, No Gown, Just Success - Daniel Bielenberg, Business In A Box, OR Prison Program

2/19/2020
Anything that can keep an inmate from returning to prison benefits everyone - society, the taxpayers, the inmate's family, and the inmate - says Dan Bielenberg, founder of Business In A Box. A return guest, Dan was a hands-on home builder and designer before the housing downturn. He decided to work for the State for the job security and wound up being fascinated by reforming law offenders. He has seen change, even in the words used, toward the attitude of reformation. For one thing, the word...

Duration:00:52:46

#88 Fresh Out Should Mean a Fresh Start - Marcus "Big Herc" Timmons, The Hard Way

1/29/2020
"Fresh Out - Life after the Penitentiary" is Marcus' series of YouTube shows to help ex-felons stay out of prison for the next phase of their lives. Born to a young mother, Big Herc never got the full story on his father, and spent most of his youth growing up with his grandmother. His step father was in the military and he moved around a lot, but ended up living in the Bay Area for a time when being a "BMX" on a skateboard was pretty cool. But a divorce caused a move to a tough,...

Duration:00:51:32

#87 An Antidote to Addiction is Connection - Zane and Bear, CrimAnon

1/13/2020
What's happened to CrimAnon since our last interview? Criminon was a true startup in the sense Bear and Zane had just begun their meetings outside of their institution. It was a real test of seeing who would show up, who would be taking the steps and who would acknowledge their addition to crime. Beginning on the same night at the same church, they began with a handful of people for an audience. In a matter of weeks, it has become a standing-room-only affair and they have added a second...

Duration:00:54:35

#86 Give 'Em a Lift - Darrell Bucholz, Affordable Tow

1/8/2020
Darrell Buchholz started his prison career early, pre-18 years old. Intrigued by learning more about crime from other criminals, he got right back into the same cycle after serving his sentence. To feed his habit of getting high, random burglaries were his routine until, of course, he got caught again. Then 10 years in the Federal system woke him up. He had a family at that time and decided he wanted a career that gave back to the community and provide a living for his family. His brother...

Duration:00:47:41

#86 An Antidote to Addiction is Connection - Zane and Bear, CrimAnon

1/8/2020
What's happened to CrimAnon since our last interview? Criminon was a true startup in the sense Bear and Zane had just begun their meetings outside of their institution. It was a real test of seeing who would show up, who would be taking the steps and who would acknowledge their addition to crime. Beginning on the same night at the same church, they began with a handful of people for an audience. In a matter of weeks, it has become a standing-room-only affair and they have added a second...

Duration:00:54:35

#85 Change the Inner Person First - Marq Mitchell, Chainless Change

1/8/2020
In South Florida, Marq Mitchell heads an organization that helps those unfairly impacted by the criminal justice system by providing support, education and assistance re-entering society at a successful level. Marq knows the criminal justice system well, having "entered" it at age 13. Lots of challenges and deficits to work through and when he tried to re-enter society, had no support. Once he got himself on his feet, he decided that he wanted to help others facing the same situation. Having...

Duration:00:42:58