On The Inside Looking Out – The Jackson County Jail And Courts Revealed
There has been a lot of news about the Jackson County Jail lately, but much less about the system that keeps the jail populated. We have heard the sensational story of the inmate, the public defender and the guards but that is not the story that should shock the public, not by a long shot. On this Edition of Jaws of Justice Radio we bring you the story of two men one convicted with no real evidence (even the Judge agreed) and another trying to make his case of innocence from behind bars.
Host Latahra Smith talks with Ray Johnson about being behind bars for over a year only to have his Public Defender leave because of a family issue and pass his case off to another Public Defender pushing his trial another 6 months or more down the road. Ray will tell how his case illustrates the failure of the Public Defenders system in Missouri, what conditions are like in the jail and how despite a court order to be allowed access to the law library every other day has not been once in almost 3 months.
website – freerayjohnson.com will be up soon
Then Latahra Smith will talk with Dekesha Cornelius about her brother Dwayne Cornelius’s trial and conviction for a crime he did not commit. During the sentencing phase Dekesha pointed out that there was no evidence to prove her brother was guilty and the judge agreed, then sentenced him anyway.
Email to contact support group – [email protected]
website coming this fall
The Calendar for August 14th
The Greater Kansas City Justice coalition will have their monthly meeting Tuesday August 15th 4:30 to 6 PM aat the Kansas City Missouri Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave, KCMO. The will have local and national speakers addressing the privatization of education and what can be done to address the Trump administration’s education policies.
The KCMO Branch of the NAACP membership meeting will be Tuesday August 15th at 6:30 PM at Brush Creek Community Center, Cleveland and Emmanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, KCMO. There will be a short business meeting followed by a presentation on the Missouri travel advisory issued by the Missouri and National NAACP.
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday August 17th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.