An Interview with Keith Carnes and re-broadcast of Michael Kaye interview

On today’s show, Host Latahra Smith interviews Keith Carnes, an inmate in Missouri who says he did not commit the crime for which he is serving time.   Latahra has studied Carnes’ case, read transcripts of depositions and trial testimony, interviewed experts and sought out witnesses in Kansas City’s toughest neighborhoods. Smith believes that Carnes is serving a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit.  Keith Carnes’s website is

On the second part of the hour, we will replay our interview with Michael Kaye about the prison to pipeline phenomena. Police officers are fixtures in most schools today and their role has changed over time from protecting the students from outside dangers to enforcing school rules and even arresting students for violations. Our guest has been working with one school district to develop a Memorandum Of Understanding between the police and school administrators and hopefully turn off the school to prison pipeline.

Host Teresa Wilke talks with Micheal Kay, Preofessor of Law Emeritas at Washburn University about his work with the police and school administrators to define the role of officers in their schools.

Calendar of Events 1-27-2020 

  • Corey’s Network will have their weekly meeting with a Survivors’ Workshop on Monday January 27, from 6 – 8 PM at the Church of the 4 Corners – The City House, 14300 E. US HWY 40, Independence, MO. The church is east of the HyVee on 40 highway. Corey’s Network asks us to please join their weekly meetings to learn how to deal with grief, the media, investigation, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. This is a workshop, not a grief group. Please include only those individuals mature enough in age to deal with issues being covered during the meeting. Check their website: or phone 816-866-7868.
  • Grandparents Against Gun Violence will meet Monday, January 27 from 4 PM at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village KS. GAGV has invited several organizations that will tell how they are impacting the serious number of crimes with guns in the KCMO area. Park on the east lower level and enter the same level on the east side.
  • Smart Justice Lobby Day will be Monday, January 27, from 10 AM – 2:30 PM at the KS State Capitol, 300 SW 10th St, Topeka KS sponsored by the ACLU of Kansas and 5 others.
  • Our state prisons have exceeded capacity for more than half of 2018 and much of 2019. The ACLU of Missouri is determined to reduce mass incarceration through making policy change. There is a crash course in how to be effective advocates for ACLU of Missouri’s upcoming Voices of Liberty Lobby Day from 6 – 8 PM, Monday, January 27, at the Midcontinent Public Library, 317 W US Highway 24, Independence, MO There will also be lobby day training on Tuesday, January 28, from 6 – 8 PM at the ACLU Kansas City Office,  406 W. 34th. St. Suite 420 KCMO Free Parking in the lot adjacent to the building.
  • Tuesday, January 28, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM  You can join Empower Missouri and the Smart Sentencing Coalition to advocate for powerful, meaningful Criminal Justice Reform at the State Capitol in Jefferson City 308 E High St Ste 100, Jefferson City, MOThursday, January 30, 1 – 4 Safe Space Drop-In: 9 AM – 12 noon at the Lawrence Public Library, Atrium Study Room, 707 Vermont, Lawrence KS. Trained advocates from Willow Domestic Violence CTR will host drop-in sessions in an informal and confidential setting where you can learn about the full range of crisis, advocacy, and support services offered. See at, February 1, Moms Demand Action – MO asks us to observe National Gun Violence Survivors Week 3:30 PM at th KCMO Public Library – Bluford, 3050 Prospect Ave, KCMO. Tragically and unacceptably, our gun death rate is 10 times greater than that of our peer countries

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