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

Employment Discrimination: Impact On Women; and Doug Kean of Sleepy Head Beds
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August 20, 2018 | 9:00 am

Jane McQueeny of the KC Human Rights Commission talks about employment discrimination impacts on women in the KC area. Doug Kean tells about the mission of Sleepyhead Beds, how you can donate and how to support their efforts.


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Attorney and Author Dee Wampler On Gun Rights, The Cops And Your Rights
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August 13, 2018 | 9:00 am

Attorney and Author Dee Wampler about his new book The Gun Law Handbook, gun laws in Missouri and how to conduct yourself in interactions with police.


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Rebroadcast Of Alternatives To Jail For Those With Mental Disorders In KCMO and Lawrence, KS
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August 6, 2018 | 9:00 am

Stephanie Boyer, Program manager of the KCMO Crisis Center on how they came about, what they do and why. Bob Tryanski, Douglas County Director of Behavioral Health Projects talks about the efforts they are making to change outcomes for those with mental disorders that get entangled in the justice system.


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Can WE Change This Thing? The Community Speaks Out About Crossroads Correctional Lockdown
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July 30, 2018 | 9:00 am

On this week's broadcast we want to hear from family and friends of the inmates about their side of the story and their concerns about the welfare of their loved ones at Crossroads Correctional Center.


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Crossroads Correctional Center, Can This Be Fixed? A Conversation with Adult Facilities Director Alana Boyles
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July 23, 2018 | 9:00 am

Alana Boyles will talk about the lock down at CRCC, what services they have restored and the timetable to get the facility fully functional.


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Fighting Human Trafficking Here and There- LATTE and Native Hope
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July 16, 2018 | 9:00 am

Becca Burns-Spielman of Lawrence Anti-Trafficking Task Force and Education Assn on their mission to educate the public. Kyle Middleton of Native Hope talks about empowering Native people and raising awareness of trafficking through storytelling and art.


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Penny Mill Picnic and Community Empowerment Event; and Developing Job Readiness With Women In The Topeka Correctional Center
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July 9, 2018 | 9:00 am

Pastor Melvin Merritt talks about the 8th Annual Penny Mill, Inc. Community Empowerment Event. Beth Hill, talks about being a Job Readiness Coach, who works with women at Topeka Correctional Center.


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Let The Truth Be Known About Systematic Oppression; and Professor Ken Novak On Evidence Based Policing
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June 25, 2018 | 9:00 am

Beverly Livingston, Director of MISD about their mission and Let the Truth Be Known, their upcoming event. Ken Novak, a Professor of Criminology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City specializing in policing in America and police behavior.


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Brian Daldorph, Mentoring Prison Poets; and Sahj Kaya, Fighting For The Wrongfully Convicted
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June 18, 2018 | 9:00 am

Brian Daldorph tells of his interest in poetry, the Coal City Review, doing poetry at the jail, and what he gets out of it. Sahj Kaya gives her reasons for starting a not-for-profit to the wrongfully convicted, what they plan to do and how you can help.


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Representatives Judy Morgan and Brandon Ellington On MO Legislature And The Governor(s)
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June 11, 2018 | 9:00 am

Representatives Judy Morgan and Brandon Ellington on this year's legislative session, the bills that passed, the bills that failed and the tale of two Governors.


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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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