A Conversation with Nancy Leazer – How We Can Use Our Prisons As More Than Warehouses and The Lakota People’s Law Center Revisited

A Conversation with Nancy Leazer – How We Can Use Our Prisons As More Than Warehouses

When the Municipal Correctional Institution was closed in 2009 and all the inmates moved to the county jail, a lot more than the jobs of the employees were lost. The leadership and staff of MCI brought in local not for profits to provide services that the city could not afford to addressed the mental health, drug abuse, homelessness and other problems of the inmates. This created an atmosphere of respect of and concern for the prisoners by the administration, staff and organizations that came to provide services. None of those connections and resources have been invited in to the county jail where Kansas City now houses their prisoners and that has resulted in more recidivism.

Today’s host Dr JRenee talks with Nancy Leazer, former Superintendent of Corrections at MCI about how she came to the job and the atmosphere she fostered in the facility. She explains how she worked with local service providers to get help for the inmates and trained her staff to treat the inmates with respect.

The Lakota People’s Law Project – Wresting Their Children Back From The State

Every afternoon, Lakota parents in South Dakota start looking for their children when they don’t return from school. The state claims that it does not have to immediately notify the family or tribe in the event of the seizure of a child. Many families don’t realize that their children can be taken without any notification. The vast majority of the Native children in South Dakota (over 95%) are taken from their families because of a culturally biased definition of “neglect”, which often translates into poverty.

In 2005, the Lakota People’s Law Project was founded with a mission to end this tragedy and win the return of thousands of children that were illegally taken from their families and tribes by creating foster care for Lakota, by Lakota. Three tribes in South Dakota (Oglala, Standing Rock, and Rosebud) have already obtained their Title IV-E Federal Planning Grants and are training and planning for the implementation of their own Child and Family Service Programs. When this process is complete, federal funding will be redirected to each of the tribes and away from the corrupt state.

In this segment Host Elisa Brietenbach will talk with Daniel Sheehan, the attorney that fought the lawsuit for the tribes that have won their sovereign rights to administer their own Child and Protective services agencies.

Since 2006, Daniel Sheehan has served as the lead attorney and general counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project (LPLP). Currently, LPLP is working in South Dakota to stop violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and rescue Lakota children from an abusive state care system. In 2011, award-winning journalist Laura Sullivan completed a hard-hitting investigative series on the situation in Lakota Country that aired on NPR. To learn more about Daniel Sheehan’s work with Lakota Indians, visit the Lakota People’s Law Project website.

Lakota People’s Law Project
website – http://wvww.lakotalaw.org/
Face Book Page – https://www.facebook.com/LakotaPeoplesLawProject?fref=ts
Email – info@lakotalaw.org Phone – (605) 646-2511

Daniel Sheehan – website – http://danielpsheehan.com/
Face Book – https://www.facebook.com/danielpetersheehan
Sign the Petiton – http://lakotalaw.org/action

Calendar for November 30th 2015

The Kansas City, MO Police Department invites you to the grand opening of the new Leon Mercer Jordan Campus, East Patrol Division and Regional Crime Lab on Tuesday, December 1st from 1 – 6:30 PM at 2640 Prospect Ave, KCMO. Tours of the campus will be held from 1-3 PM and again 4:30 – 6:30 PM. The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony will be held from 3:30 – 4:30 PM.
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The KCMO Chapter of the NAACP will host the Kansas City Election Board Deputy Registrar training on Thursday, December 3rd, 6:00 pm at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 3801 Cleaver II Blvd (Cleaver II & Cleveland Ave). You must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of KCMO and Reserve your spot by December 1st by calling 816-421-1191 or via email to naacpkcmo@sbcglobal.net.
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Empower Missouri and United Way combine for a first friday forum 8:30–10:00 AM, December 4th at UNITY TEMPLE on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, KCMO. They will be Reviewing 2015 Results and Previewing 2016 Prospects For Better Public Polices. Guests will be State Representatives Gail McCann Beatty and Jeremy LaFaver, Senator Ryan Silvey with other legislators invited.


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