The Case Of Victor Vickers Raises Questions
Victor Vickers and Garron T Briggs were convicted of a 2011 home invasion, murder and shooting in what appeared to be search for drugs. The surviving victim did not initially identify Vickers, someone she knew and with whom she had gone to school. The lack of physical evidence placing Vickers at the scene and a denial of an alibi witness are being raised in appeal. Vickers is asking the Supreme Court to make a ruling that a person’s innocence is more important than a rule that witnesses must be endorsed in advance of trial, and rule that a defendant should never be stopped from presenting evidence that proves his innocence. The petition was filed on February 8, 2019, and the Court will usually grant or deny review in 2-3 months.
Host Keith Brown El talks with local Activist Lamar Vickers about the unanswered questions he has about the conviction of his nephew Victor Vickers JR and the question of whether an innocent person should be held because their defense didn’t follow court rules to the letter.
Learn more about Victor Vickers JR’s fight to allow proof of innocence to set one free instead of whether a witness is identified after a administrative deadline.
Can Prison Design Change Outcomes?
Andy Cupples is an award-winning architect in the field of correctional and judicial design. He has designed dozens of court houses, correctional facilities and youth detention centers and is credited with creating more humane prisons that have reduced incarceration, improved the standard of living of inmates, reduced violence and increased positive staff and prisoner interactions The subject of three documentary films, he speaks often about evidence-based best practices and the need to support rehabilitation through improvement to the detention environment.
He explains his interest in this field of architecture on his website – “I‘ve focused on public practice because I believe that architecture is art and science, and above all, a social science. Justice design can have a positive impact on people, how they act-how they feel-how they respond, and what better place to practice this way than in the public realm.”
Host Margo Patterson talks with Andy Cupples about the art and science of designing prisons and jails and how that design can create a humane and supportive atmosphere.
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The JoJR Calendar for the week of April 22nd
Representative Brandon Ellington, Strategic Workforce Development, GYRL and My Brother’s Keeper 4th Annual Job Fair will be held Thursday April 25th, 10am to 2pm at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emmanual Cleaver II Blvd, KCMO. There will be over 20 ex-offender friendly employers present. Come ready to be interviewed and with work history. For More information email [email protected] or call office at 573-751-3129 .
UMKC Law School and Code 4 KC are sponsoring an Expungement Day event Saturday April 27th from 8 – 11:30 am at the Morningstar Missonary Baptist Church, 2411 E 27th St, KCMO. To sign up go to info.umkc.edu/clearmyrecord for information on how to qualify call 816-200-2871or go to
The case of Ricky Kidd is similar in some respects to the case of Victor Vickers Jr in that Ricky has proven his innocence in court and his freedom is being denied by a procedural miscue. You can attend an evidentiary hearing on Ricky’s case starting tomorrow April 23rd at 9 am at the Davies County Courthouse, 102 N. Main #6, Gallatin, MO. This is a unique Educational Court Event for everyday citizens to see how exonerations are fought and achieved. This hearing is scheduled for, but may not take up four days to conclude. You are invited to attend any part of the hearing you can.