Monday at 9:00 am

Jaws of Justice Radio

It is the intention of Jaws of Justice Radio to investigate how to achieve justice in America, this includes issues of economic injustice, political injustice and the criminal justice system. We want to put a human face on those caught in the grasp of injustice and those that are part of an unjust system. We strive to dispel the misconceptions created by the news and entertainment industry, politicians and our educational system. We want to pull back the veil and reveal those that really write our laws and who our justice system is meant to protect. It is our intention to seek out alternatives to the present practice that puts the law before justice, alternatives that are restorative to those that have been wronged and just to those that have offended. In short, we want to inform our society of the realities of the existing systems and in doing so start a dialogue about how to create systems that truly seek justice for all.

The Jaws of Justice Radio group is made up of formerly incarcerated citizens, family members of victims, family members of the incarcerated, lawyers, and justice seeking members of our community. We invite you to join the dialogue.

Jaws of Justice Radio has covered issues of law enforcement, courts, incarceration, homelessness, economic injustice, foster care, death penalty, constitutional rights and more. We are looking for organizations and individuals to tell their story, and more folks that want to learn how to produce radio.

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Recent episodes

Lawrence, KS Is Working On An Alternative to Jail For Those With Mental Disorders
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December 11, 2017 | 9:00 am

Nancy Thellman, Douglas County Commissioner, Shannon Oury, Executive Director of the Lawrence/Douglas County Housing Authority and Bob Tryanski, Douglas County Director of Behavioral Health Projects working to develop housing options for those with Mental disorders in their community.


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MADP – Update On Missouri Death Penalty Cases; and Replay of February Show – MADP and KS ACLU
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December 4, 2017 | 9:00 am

Staci Pratt Executive Director of MADP. She will update us on pending Death Penalty cases and executions in Missouri. We replay the Febraury interview with Doug Bonney of ACLU of Kansas and Cathleen Burnett of MADP.


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Filming The KCMOPD Can Get You Hurt; and The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
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November 27, 2017 | 9:00 am

JJ tells her story of being roughed up by an off duty KCMOPD Officer when she tried to film him. Melanie Austin, Director of Education at MOCSA tells about their programs and what constitutes sexual assault and harassment.


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Victimized By Two Men And The Justice System As Well, Part II; and Rose Brooks Center for Battered Women
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November 20, 2017 | 9:00 am

Christy DiMaggio in the second of three interviews in which she will talk about the lawyer that took advantage of her when she was at her most vulnerable. Scott Mason of the Rose Brooks Center talks about their mission, programs and how the public can help them protect abused women and children.


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Voices Of The People Feeding The Community Thanksgiving Dinner; and Det Kevin Boehm Of The TIPS Hotline
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November 13, 2017 | 9:00 am

Ms E and Representative Ellington tell us about the Basketball Tournament To Feed the Hungry, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and more. Detective Kevin Boehn is in to tell you about the TIPS Hotline and how it has helped solve crimes.


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District Defender, Ruth Petsch Explains Why Public Defenders Are Refusing New Cases?
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November 6, 2017 | 9:00 am

Ruth Petsch, head of the Kansas City office of the Missouri Public Defenders talks about her efforts to get more human and monetary resources for her office and what this overload of cases means for their clients.


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Hanan Ashrawi On Palestinians Under Israeli Justice; and Matthew Hahn, A Prisoner Fighting Fires
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October 30, 2017 | 9:00 am

Hanan Ashrawi spoke with host Margo Patterson about how the Israeli justice system and penal system treats Palestinians and more. Matthew Hahn spoke about living and working out of a California fire camp for three years while he was incarcerated in California.


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Victimized By Two Men And The Justice System As Well; and Anne Precythe, New Director of MODOC
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October 23, 2017 | 9:00 am

Christy DiMaggio tells how the legal system has worked to destroy her credibility, her mental health and give her son to her abuser. New Director Anne Precythe tells you how she is working to change an entrenched culture within the MO Department of Corrections and what you can do to help.


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Lamonte McIntyre, Wrongfully Convicted, 23 Years Imprisoned, How Did This Happen?
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October 16, 2017 | 9:00 am

We hear the WYCO Prosecutor's Press Conference, The statement of the witness that recanted her identification, Lora McDonald of MORE2 and your phone calls.


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Vivid Expressions; A Journey Inside The Mind Of The Innocent – Ricky Kidd
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October 9, 2017 | 9:00 am

Guest host Arlin Buyert, Director of the poetry program at Lansing Correctional Center talks with Ricky Kidd about his poetry, how it has helped him survive and thrive and introduce a new poet, Devin Hurd, who Ricky has been mentoring.


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Programmer
Jeff Humfeld | Email me

Jeff is working as producer of Jaws of Justice Radio broadcast every Monday at 9:00 a.m. He hopes to help other under-served groups and individuals bring their voices and stories to the airwaves in the future.


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Jessica Thomas | Email me

Programmer biography coming soon.


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Alverne Z. Bush | Email me

Alverne Z. Bush started as a Programmer for the Jaws of Justice program in 2013. She grew up in KCK, attending area colleges and universities.


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Melvin Merritt

Programmer biography coming soon.


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Keith Brown El | Email me

I am a native son of Kansas City, Missouri who recently returned to this city after a long expedition, or journey that took me to some of the places in America that are referred to here at KKFI as the “Jaws of Justice!” Once I heard that terminology, I automatically knew this is where I belonged and I have been here every sense.


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Margot Patterson

I am a host for Jaws of Justice Radio and I have served as a reporter for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines in this country and abroad such as, I was an editor with “The Prague Post” and I was a senior writer, then opinion and arts editor at “The National Catholic Reporter” for seven years.


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