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

Can A Black Man Plead Self Defense In Jackson County? and A Different Kind Of Discussion On Guns
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April 15, 2019 | 9:00 am

Is the Jackson County Prosecutor's office making us safer by denying black men to plead self defense even when the facts show that it was? Then a discussion on guns from the viewpoint of a victim and someone whose son had to defend himself from attack.


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Bail Bonds, Bad Policy; and What Is Next for Justice System Reform?
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April 8, 2019 | 9:00 am

Replay of three interviews on bail reform with Professor Peter Edelman, Cherise Fanne Burdee and Michael John Voss. Kara Gotsch of the Sentencing Project talks about the changes that still need to made to an inefficient and unjust Justice System.


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Is The 1988 Fire Fighters Case Really Solved?; and Why do Prosecutors Overcharge Suspects?
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April 1, 2019 | 9:00 am

Joe O'Connor tells about his research into the 1988 explosion that killed 6 KC Firefighters and evidence that could definitely solve the case. Attorney Taylor Rikard of the Kent E. Gipson Law Firm talks about the issues that overcharging creates in the legal system.


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David Robinson, Charges Dropped After 18 Years of Incarceration; and The Deprived: Innocent On Death Row
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March 25, 2019 | 9:00 am

David Robinson about his case of wrongful conviction and the court ruling that set him free. Steffan Hou talks about his book an investigation of the Justice System's wrongfully convicted on Death Row.


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Lawyers For The Left, A Conversation With Michael Steven Smith
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March 18, 2019 | 9:00 am

Michael Steven Smith, host of Law & Disorder talks about his new book, Lawyers For The Left: In The Courts, In The Streets and On The Air. He will talk about his own career, lawyers he admires and lawyers he has interviewed on Law and Disorder.


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Arlin Buyert Got Kicked Out Of Lansing Prison; and K.c. Stark On The Business Of Growing Cannabis
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March 11, 2019 | 9:00 am

Arlin Buyert talks about the sudden cancellation of the poetry program at Lansing, and an upcoming performance of his poetry students. K.c. Stark talks about the Cannabis Startup Incubator and his plans for the cannabis industry in MO.


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Veronica’s Voice Has A Lot Going On; and Corey’s Network On Corey’s Law
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March 4, 2019 | 9:00 am

Lucy Bloom, Executive Director of Veronica's Voice on their mission to empower women to exit from and prevent the entry into prostitution-sex trafficking. Michelle Metje, President of Corey's Network talks about Corey's Law and their Weekly Survivors Workshops.


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MOM 2nd Annual Mother Daughter Expo; and Karl Robinson – Handcuffed For Moving Into The Neighborhood
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February 25, 2019 | 9:00 am

Kay Johnson of Mothers On Mentoring on their mission and their 2nd Annual Mother Daughter Expo coming up this weekend. Karl Robinson on his experience with the police, as a person of color moving into the wrong neighborhood.


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The Movement To Elect Progressive Prosecutors In MO And Nationwide
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February 18, 2019 | 9:00 am

Sarah Baker, Legislative Policy Director of the MO ACLU and Daniel Gould, Saint Louis Activist on the growing movement to raise awareness among citizens about the crucial role of district attorneys in making the criminal justice system more just.


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Alvin Sykes, SB 102 – Kansas Closed Case Task Force; And The Curious Case Of Kameron Gines
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February 11, 2019 | 9:00 am

Supporters of SB 102 in Kansas hope comparing DNA in present crimes with closed case files will exonerate wrongfully convicted citizens and identify who really committed the crime.


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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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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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