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.

Upcoming episodes

Warrant Clinics and A Personal Warrant Story; and The Pretrial Justice Institute April 30, 2018 | 9:00 am

Jamee McClairen tells about being arrested on a warrant she didn't know was outstanding and Judge Ronald Johnson of Grandview tells about their Warrant Amnesty program.


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Recent episodes

Guns Are Just One Reason Why Children Die; and The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform
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April 23, 2018 | 9:00 am

Natalia Pane of Child Trends talks about her study of childhood deaths from guns to poisoning. Randy Shrewsberry of the ICJTR will discuss what reforms are necessary to produce better-trained police, safer streets and fewer deaths and injuries.


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Changing The Role Of Police In Schools; and Mindy Fugarino On School to Prison Pipeline
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April 16, 2018 | 9:00 am

Joseph Wun talks about being profiled by a citizen and the police for appearing to be of Middle-Eastern descent. Mindy Fugarino will give the perspective of someone at the back end of the pipeline looking back at the beginning of the pipeline.


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Why do Prosecutors Overcharge Suspects? and Sankofa For Kansas City ~ A 10 Point Plan With Bobby Seale
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April 9, 2018 | 9:00 am

Attorney Taylor Rikard of the Kent E. Gipson Law Firm talks about the issue of overcharging criminal suspects. Reverend Ester Holzendorf talks about the efforts to write and implement a 10 point plan for KC based on the framework of the Panther's 10 point plan.


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A Broken Rose Organization and KCMO Police Department – Victim Services
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April 2, 2018 | 9:00 am

A Broken Rose Organization provides resources for women and children to help them escape and recover from domestic violence. Jennifer Miller, Victim Services Specialist with the KCMOPD talks about her job and public and private resources available to help those affected by violent crimes.


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The Truth of Life: On This We Do Agree; and Momma On A Mission’s 4th Annual Fundraiser – Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2018
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March 26, 2018 | 9:00 am

Author Nelson El on his book - The Truth of Life: On This We Do Agree. Monique Willis of Momma On A Mission about their 4th annual fundraising event – Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2018.


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Ricky Kidd and Frank Pollina – Two Stories of Reaching Within To Find Ones True Self While Incarcerated March 19, 2018 | 9:00 am

Ricky Kidd and Frank Pollina, two voices from Jackson County Jail on how they have used their time in prison to find their redefine their priorities and goals in life despite the chaos and distractions around them.


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When The Punishment Never Ends – A Panel Discussion
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March 12, 2018 | 9:00 am

A panel discussion about the collateral consequences of criminal convictions on defendants and their families and an exploration of the various initiatives underway from pretrial diversion to drug court to the newly-enacted Missouri law on expungement.


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Rebroadcast of KCMO Human Relations Department On Housing Discrimination and Your Calls
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March 5, 2018 | 9:00 am

Paul Pierce and Greta Wills of the KCHRD tell about housing discrimination against citizens with criminal convictions. Jamie called some rental management companies in our area to see what their policies are, then call with your own stories of denial.


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Mothers On Mentoring; and Update on Medical Marijuana and Hemp Bill In MO Legislature
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February 26, 2018 | 9:00 am

Kay Johnson of the group Mothers On Mentoring talks about Mothers mentoring girls to help them create positive life choices. Eapen Thampy of Americans For Forfeiture Reform updates us on the prospects for the Medical Marijuana and hemp bills in the MO legislature.


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Professor Haider-Markel, Gun Culture In America Explained; and Praise and Pass Redux – A Radio Production
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February 19, 2018 | 9:00 am

Jamee was arrested when she was stopped by police and she did not have her insurance card with her, then the charges were dropped? Don Haider-Markel, Professor of Political Science at Kansas University, talks about gun culture in America and if guns really are loved by the American people.


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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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