The Movement To Elect Progressive Prosecutors In MO And Nationwide
It has been said that the most powerful person in any courtroom is the not the Judge but rather the Prosecutor. This is because of the Prosecutor’s ability to determine charges and force plea deals by overcharging suspects. This power in part stems from laws passed by legislators (many who are former prosecutors) who have been elected on a law and order platform. Many prosecutors use their office as a stepping stone to higher office and feel a need to keep their conviction rates high to have a record to run on. The result is what is commonly called mass incarceration, fueled by campaign funds from prison industries and a election winning strategy of fear mongering about crime. Justice has become an inconvenience.
There is a growing movement across the nation by new groups and established activists that are making electing a new kind of prosecutor their focus. Working from a list of changes that have been proven to reduce incarceration, bring justice back into a system corrupted by money and power and serves the safety, economic and wellbeing of their community these groups are seeing success at electing Progressive Prosecutors. These groups know that electing a good prosecutor must be followed up by constant contact and cooperation with this Progressive Prosecutor. We have two recorded interviews on these issues and solutions to them with Hosts Jamie Jackson and Elyse Max.
Sarah Baker, Legislative Policy Director of the ACLU in MO
Host Jamie Jackson talks with Sarah Baker, Legislative Policy Director of the ACLU in MO about how the MO ACLU has joined other Missouri groups in a coalition to help voters become more aware of their central role in electing prosecuting attorneys who pledge to pursue the voters’ priorities in their jurisdictions.
Daniel Gould, Saint Louis Activist
In the second half of our broadcast Host Elyse Max of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will speak with Daniel Gould, a Saint Louis Activist who will talk about the St Louis County campaign that successfully led to the election of progressive district attorney, Wesley Bell. Daniel will elaborate on the central role of the Missouri coalition both before and after Bell’s election to ensure that the voters’ priorities are honored and the pivotal role such community coalitions play in district attorney campaigns across the country.
The JoJR Calendar for the week of February 18th
Survivors Unite is uniting families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions. Survivors United meets every third Monday of the month and will meet Monday February 18th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.
The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants will have their monthly meeting Monday, February 18th, 6:30pm at the Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center, 3811 Chestnut Ave, KCMO. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society, by lobbying state and local government, direct contact with corrections officials and a quarterly newsletter sent to supporters and prisoners.
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, February 21st from 5-7 PM at the KCPD Crime Laboratory, 2645 Brooklyn, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. Join them to hear from Scott Hummel, Quality Assurance Manager with the Kansas City Crime Laboratory. Join them in healing with fellow survivors of homicide. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.