Jaws of Justice Radio investigates how we can achieve justice from a system of laws deeply rooted in economic, social and political inequality.  We hope you will listen.

On 10-17-23, Prof. Alex Vitale gave the Cockefair lecture at UMKC.  He is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center who has spent the last 30 years writing about policing and consulting community-based movements, human and civil rights organizations, and governments internationally. Prof. Vitale is the author of The End of Policing.

His work connects scholarly analysis of important social justice issues and street level mobilization around those very same justice issues. He’s a public sociologist and social movement organizer doing the work of reform and abolition in real time, while simultaneously providing a framework for the broader public to understand and engage with these issues that so deeply concern us. He helpfully dissents policing in his work in a way that allows the focus to be exactly where it needs to be – how communities can get the safety that they so deserve.


On Jaws of Justice, we talk about state violence, primarily in our nation’s prisons. Regular listeners are well acquainted with critiques of our prison system and calls for abolition. Alex’s 2017 book, The End of Policing provided a much-needed study of the issues with contemporary police action.  Protests against police violence turned our attention toward that violence, including its historical origins.  In this broadcast, Prof. Alex Vitale presents clear guidance for how to chart a path toward policing reform and alternatives.

On Jaws of Justice, we examine how to find justice in our society.  On Jaws of Justice, we examine how to find justice in our society.  Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.


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