Sargent Thomas – Teaching Life Skills In The Jackson County Jail
The MO Department of Corrections requires inmates to to take GED classes if they have not graduated from high school. The effectiveness of the Ged program and other programs has been up for debate for a long time. Sentences in state institutions are on average longer than those for inmates in our county jails. If more money, effort and commitment were given to teaching life skills, not just a High School diploma, to our younger inmates what effect would have on recidivism? Is there a way to draw young people back out of the system and help them become productive members of our community again is the question Sargent Claudia Thomas is trying to answer in the Jackson County Jail.
Host Keith Brown El talks with Sargent Thomas about the new program she is instituting at the Jackson County Jail, where she is teaching young men life skills, financial literacy, interpersonal relationship skills and conflict resolution among other things. Listen in to find out what she is trying to accomplish and call in with your questions and comments in the second half of the show.
NOTE: Sargent Thomas is not authorized to talk about issues of the administration of the jail, any questions that are of a political or institutional nature should be addressed to your county legislator or to Jail Administrators.
The JoJR Calendar for the week of July 2nd
The Criminal Justice Task Force will meet Monday July 2nd from 6:45 to 8:45 pm at the Church of the Good Shepard, 4947 Chouteau Drive, KCMO. The Criminal Justice Task Force mission is to lobby the Missouri State Legislature for sentencing laws that are fair and basic human rights of those that are incarcerated. Contact Robin Johnson at 816-522-4081 or email: [email protected]
You are invited to MORE2’s, MO Issues and Action Night, Monday, July 2nd, 6:00PM-7:30PM at Trinity United Metodist Church, 620 E. Armour BLVD, KCMO. You can work on the Healthy Homes Ordinance with their Access to Health and Housing Task Force, join the crew demanding workforce numbers for people of color on the airport project with the Workforce Task Force or Dive into their work on policing or criminal justice reform with the Criminal Justice Task Force. These groups are open to all who want to work for a just community.
The Immigrant Connection Project is a partnership between the Vera Institute of Justice and New America. It is a resource for parents who have been separated from their children due to the administration’s zero tolerance policy—as well as for the attorneys for these parents—to locate and connect with the legal service providers working with their children call 1-800-845-8372 or email them at [email protected]