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On Today’s show we highlight two organizations, Friends and Family Organizing For Reform Of Juvenile Justice and Niles Home For Children are both working to help children and young people in crisis. Our first interview is a rebroadcast of an interview done in April of this year and in the second half of the show we will talk with Dr. Madelyne Douglas, Director of Residential and Administrative Services at Niles Home For Children, a long time Kansas City institution..

Tracy McClard on FORJ

About two years ago Jaws of Justice Radio spoke with Tracy McClard about her son who at 17 was sentenced to 30 years as an adult. He committed suicide after being sent to an adult prison and being assaulted other prisoners. Tracy and her husband are spearheading an effort in Missouri called Family and Friends Organizing For Reform of Juvenile Justice (FORJ).

Tracy explains to host Margot Patterson how parents lose the legal right to be involved in the defense of a child once they are deemed an adult by the court. In Missouri children as young as 12 can be certified as adults. She also talks about the Dual Jurisdiction program in Missouri that has a 90% + record of turning young people around without sending them to adult prison. Learn about Johnathan’s Law that requires the courts to submit juveniles certified as adults to be recommended to the Dual Jurisdiction program.

Contact FORJ
website http://www.forj-mo.org/
Email: forjmo@gmail.com
573-837-7346

Niles Home For Children – A Safe Haven For Kansas City’s Troubled Young People
We are sorry that we were not able to bring you this segment please tune in to JoJR January 5th to hear the interview we taped with Dr. Madelyne Douglas, Director of Residential and Administrative Services at Niles as she bring us up to date with the programs and opportunities for at risk youth.

THE MILITARIZATION OF LOCAL POLICE FORCES

In the second half of our show we replay an interview Attorney Robin Martinez hosted earlier this year – a discussion with KC-area criminal defense attorney and former Wyandotte County prosecutor Brian Leininger about the militarization of our police forces and the increasing use of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics by police for what should be mundane law enforcement matters.

During the Clinton Administration an office was opened in the Pentagon to sell excess military hardware to local police forces. Has Homeland Security and the Defense Department been remaking policing in America? Is this military surplus equipment encouraging our local police to view the streets of America as war zones? What effect does this mistrust of the citizens by the police have on their ability to stop crime?

No Calendar This Week


The Obama Administration is holding about 700 Central American women & children in a small desert town in New Mexico under poor conditions and without due process. Volunteers who traveled to Artesia to provide legal services will update us on progress in getting the families released and the facility closed.


On this edition of Arts Magazine, Michael Hogge welcomes Ian R. Crawford (Director) and Ted Swetz (Actor, UMKC Theatre Professor) to the studio to talk with us about the joint UMKC & Unicorn Theatre production of Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo.

Then, Donna Thomason (Actress & Creative Director) will fill us in on her current one-woman show I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, also being performed at the Unicorn Theatre.


Writer/educator Brian Daldorph and The Recipe KC, (Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “3-3-7″ Jones) join Maria Vasquez Boyd and Michelle Pond live from the KKFI studio.

Brian Daldorph came to the University of Kansas English Department almost 20 years ago and has become a permanent resident of Kansas. He contributes to Kansas belles lettres in many ways: he writes; he organizes readings; and he is a writing class instructor at the Douglas County Jail — featured in Poet’s Market 2008. Brian has taught English at the University of Kansas since 1990. He also has taught in Japan, Senegal, and England. His books are The Holocaust and Hiroshima: Poems (Mid-America, 1997); Outcasts (Mid-America, 2000); Senegal Blues (219 Press, 2004); and From the Inside Out: Sonnets (Woodley, 2008). He publishes and edits Coal City Review, a nationally recognized literary magazine.

The Recipe KC is Dramatic Art N Rhythm, poetic theater and music all ages appreciate. From a Tom Joyner morning performance, to New York City’s Times Square, to San Antonio by way of a stop in Chicago, poetry has taken The Recipe KC around the United States, and also overseas – via a web performance that made front page news in Nagasaki, Japan.

Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “3-3-7” Jones, who make up The Recipe KC, believe that by exemplifying excellence and teamwork as spoken word artists/activists they can influence, change, and encourage people by example, with a goal of working together towards common goals. Their Nu Muse-ik POetry supports Expression without Weapons, youth and adult creative writing programs in schools and homeless & juvenile institutions, nurturing a generation of understanding through honest conversation.


Plugging The Gaps Children Fall Through With Operation Breakthrough

Operation Breakthrough is a nationally accredited, not-for-profit corporation that began in 1971 by Sister Corita Bussanmas and Sister Berta Sailer as a response to requests from parents in the central city for quality child care for children of the working poor. Things have hanged a lot since 1971 and the programs offered range from Educational programs, before and after care, tutoring and mentoring for children. They have partnered with Children’s Mercy Hospital and others to provide healthcare, Speech and language therapy as well as Occupational and physical therapy for children. The needs of families as a whole are addressed by programs like Family Nuturing plans, Housing for homeless families and assistance accessing other programs.

Sister Berta will be in today to talk about the work of Operation Breakthrough, who they are helping, how you can help them and the other organizations that are involved in their efforts. In this season of giving we hope this story will provide you with an outlet for your giving.

http://www.operationbreakthrough.org/

Restorative Justice An Alternative To Incarceration?

Puppies For Parole, Growing Trees for Reforestation and Gardens providing food for food pantries and shelters are some but not all of the restorative justice programs active in the Missouri Corrections System. The benefits of these programs to society and the incarcerated has been proven. The question is can these Restorative Justice Programs work outside the walls as well? Can some cases be resolved with restorative justice instead of prison?

Annette Lantz-Simmons joins host Craig Lubow to talk about how restorative justice programs are at work in our community. What kind of offenses are being resolved in this way? Can an act of contrition be more healing to those who have suffered a wrong than punishment of the offender? What is the effect on the offender?

Annette Lantz-Simmons, Executive Director
Center For Conflict Resolution
1734 E. 63rd Street, Suite 305
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-461-8255
http://ccrkc.org/


Russ and Susan seek common ground on “The Homesman,” a bleak Western entry starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones.

Swank, Jones Star in “The Homesman”
Episode date : December 12, 2014
On Take Two
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Russ reviews Ridley Scott’s revisionist version of the Biblical story of Moses, Chris Rock’s edgy comedy and an Australian horror flick.


Bridging the Gap’s Executive Director, Kristin Riott speaks with host, Richard Mabion about their new Green Pocketbook program.

http://www.bridgingthegap.org/

Kristin Riott began her environmental career by growing a single sweet pea blossom from seed in lousy suburban soil in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was sidetracked for a number of years by a career in creative management at Hallmark Cards. Moving to Hong Kong in 2000 for her husband’s career, she and her family witnessed the rapid environmental degradation so easy to see in crowded Asian cities. Upon returning to Kansas City, she became active in various environmental movements, and in 2007 trained with Al Gore to become a spokesperson for climate change. She is also chairperson of Johnson County Climate Protection, a group devoted to reducing greenhouse gases in greater Kansas City.

The Green Pocketbook Program
Episode date : December 15, 2014
On EcoRadio KC
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