Replay of – Bail Bonds, Bad Policy
Jaws of Justice Radio took a look at the Bail Bond industry in December of 2018, the arguments used to support it, the unfair effects on the poor, the negative effects on the economy and local communities. We replay three interviews Jamie Jackson did with groups working to eliminate the practice.
Host Jamie Jackson starts out talking with Professor Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor Of Law And Public Policy at the Georgetown Law Center about the myths and misconceptions used to support the Bail Bond system and how this system that is unique to the US and the Philippines is bad policy. They also talk about the mass bailout of prisoners at Rikers Island in New York City.
Georgetown Law Center website – https://www.law.georgetown.edu/
Next Jamie returns with an interview with Cherise Fanne Burdee, Executive Director of the Pretrial Justice Institute about their efforts to educate about the bail bond industry and support efforts in communities across the nation to reform or eliminate the bail bond system.
Pretrial Justice Institute website – https://www.pretrial.org/
Then Jamie talks with Michael John Voss, cofounder of the ArchCity Defenders in St Louis, MO about the successes fighting the system in court in the St Louis area and efforts to find solutions at the state level as well.
ArchCity Defenders website – http://www.archcitydefenders.org/
Also check out Civil Rights Corp – http://www.civilrightscorps.org
What Is Next for Justice System Reform with the Sentencing Project?
Last year’s passage of bipartisan Justice Reform has been praised for the issues addressed and criticism for the issues that were not addressed. Advocacy groups, legislators and government officials all have ideas of what needs to be done next. The Sentencing Project has been fighting for changes alongside prisoners, families and other advocates on the federal and state level. Today we ask what are the Sentencing Project’s next legislative priorities? Where does criminal justice reform go next? Who are the key movers in this area in Congress and what are their next goals?
Host Margo Patterson talks with Kara Gotsch, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Sentencing Project about the criminal justice reform bill that was passed by Congress in late 2018 and their new initiative on ending excessive punishment for violent crimes.
The Sentencing Project
1705 DeSales Street NW, 8th floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
website – https://www.sentencingproject.org/
The JoJR Calendar for the week of April 8th
Better Ballot KCMO will hold their monthly organizing meeting Monday April 8th, 6:30 PM at the Plaza Branch Library, 4801 Main St, KCMO. They will discuss outcomes of the April 2nd election, next steps for Rank Choice Voting education and advocacy, and the upcoming coalition lobby day with Show Me Integrity.
Corey’s Network, The Kelsey Smith Foundation, Ad Hoc Group Again Crime and Avila University Invite you to attend the National Crime Victims’ Rights week, Vigil, Monday April 8th, 6 PM at the Jeanne Hamilton Olofson Plaza on the Avila Campus, 11901 Wornall Rd, KCMO. This commemoration will include speeches and a candle lighting ceremony in the Chapel.
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting Saturday, April 13th from noon to 2pm at the SE Branch Library, 6242 Swope Pkwy, KCMO. If you have a loved one that is incarcerated and need advice and support MISD has members that may be able to help.
Healing Pathways Victim Service Agency is sponsoring a National Crime Victims Week 2019 event, Saturday, April 13th 12 PM – 4 PM at Gregg Klice Community Center, 1600 John “Buck” O’Neil Way, KCMO. This family centered event will feature FREE FOOD, Kids Activity Tables, Community Resources, Medical Screenings, Giveaways, Live DJ, Easter egg hunt, raffle for a kids bike and much more! Did we mention it’s all FREE ?!?!
The 14th Annual 2019 WYCO Ethnic Festival, A “Human Family Reunion” to build our Beloved Community and Reclaim Our Common Humanity will be held Saturday April 13th 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM at the KCKCC Athletic Field House, 7250 State Ave, KCK. Travel the World for a global music, dance, and educational extravaganza! Free Admission!
The Faces of Innocence Gala, fundraising event for Midwest Innocence Project will be held Thursday April 18th at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Muehlebach Tower. Registration, reception and silent auction begin at 5 PM, Ballroom doors open at 6:30 PM and the program begins at 7 PM. Single tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at https://themip.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/FacesofInnocence2019/TicketsSponsorship/tabid/1012601/Default.aspx