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 April 15th, first, we will hear from host Latahra Smith and her guest, Cliff Middleton.  It took 20 years, but a KC man convicted of  his wife’s death, Ken Middleton,  finally gets his day in court.  Cliff, Ken’s son,  has been advocating for this.  Ken Middleton has steadfastly maintained his innocence of the murder.  There were no witnesses.   Is forensic evidence enough to maintain Ken Middleton’s conviction?

After the calendar, Macy Jones and Terri Wilke will speak with Lori Curry, Executive Director and Founder of Missouri Prison Reform, and Erin Brown, a nurse who was formerly employed by the Department of Corrections.  We will learn more on the topic of health care for incarcerated people.

Missouri Prison Reform is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that advocates for Missouri’s incarcerated and their families by elevating their voices, advocating for their needs, and exposing harmful policies that undermine our overall goal of harm reduction, healing, and rehabilitation.

Missouri Prison Reform was founded in 2019 by Lori Curry after she began to learn about prison conditions in Missouri. Lori wanted to amplify the voices of those impacted by Missouri’s carceral system and advocate for better prison conditions. Missouri Prison Reform has been contacted by more and more people living inside prisons as well as their families and even prison staff who wanted to tell their story or seek help.

Lori Curry enjoys helping others and being a voice for those whose voices aren’t always heard. Lori enjoys spending time with her family and friends when she’s not doing advocacy work. She lives in southwest Missouri.

Erin Brown spent 8 years in correctional nursing and she has seen the ins and outs of what works and what doesn’t. She has two sweet babies she loves, and now works in the emergency department in the public sector.

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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