Foster Care Reform in Kansas and Updates on the Status of Keith Carnes, Who Alleges Wrongful Conviction

Teresa Woody and Mike Fonkert join host Craig Lubow to talk about the foster care reform and juvenile justice in Kansas. Teresa and Mike work for Kansas Appleseed.

As Just Campaign Director, Mike Fonkert works with directly impacted communities, policymakers, and legislators to identify needs in our communities that can be addressed through policy change, specifically focused on juvenile and criminal justice and child welfare.

Teresa Woody, Litigation Director, oversees litigation filed by Kansas Appleseed and our partners, evaluates potential areas of litigation, and works with local and national pro bono attorneys and organizations on identifying legal issues and/or litigation that could affect systemic change in Kansas.

They will talk about “New Federal Civil Rights Settlement Agreement Promises to Transform Broken Foster Care System and End Years of Victimization and Trauma for Kansas Children.”

The number of children in Kansas foster care has reached record highs this year. While most states are reducing adult incarceration, the number of Kansans in prison continues to climb, and our state has one of the nation’s highest rates of driver’s license suspensions caused by court fees and fines. The state’s juvenile justice system, which is transitioning to community alternatives to incarceration, disproportionately punishes youth of color and other marginalized young people.

After the calendar, in the second half of our hour, Jaws of Justice host Keith Brown El speaks with Eva Moffatt, mother of Keith Carnes.  Carnes was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a 2003 murder.  He has maintained his innocence. It has been alleged that newly discovered evidence filed with the Missouri Supreme Court proves it.

November 30th is the day the special Master has ordered the prosecution and defense to submit their findings of fact.

Mr. Carnes Case Number is 21ph-Cv00030.


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Calendar for the week of Nov. 8th:

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people in Jackson CTY Missouri. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a very active group of Mothers and others. You can learn where their virtual meetings this week will occur at
  • MON, Nov. 8th, 8 AM, at Jackson County Courthouse, 415 E. 12th, KCMO, you can rally for justice for Keith Carnes and Cameron Lamb.
  • MON, Nov. 8th, 3 PM, get to know the Willow on Facebook live, sponsored by the Willow Domestic Violence Center.
  • MON, Nov. 8th, 6 PM, is a More² Issues2Action Meeting, you can join, online via zoom. There will be breakout groups by issue task force for both Missouri and Kansas teams. Register to attend at More² on Facebook or
  • TUES, Nov. 9th, 4 PM, Virtual Youth Defender Round Table is an online event hosted by Kansas Appleseed.  Come share your experience defending youth in Kansas and shape and strengthen youth defense advocacy! RSVP to [email protected]
  • TUES, Nov. 9th, 6 PM, Voter Suppression in Missouri is on Radioactive Magazine on KKFI.
  • THURS, Nov 11th, 9 AM, Armistice Day Memorial Vigil at the National World War I Museum & Memorial, 2 Memorial Dr, KCMO. Join the Kansas City chapter of Veterans for Peace (VFP) to reclaim Armistice Day. RALLY
  • THURS, Nov. 11th, 7 PM Voting Rights is an Online event hosted by Kansas Interfaith Action 2021 Faith & Public Policy Forum. This is a Facebook event page!
  • SAT, Nov. 13th, 1 PM, KC Mass Movement Meeting is on Facebook.
  • SAT, Nov. 13th, DACA Renewal Clinic / Clinica Renovaclones de DACA: By appointment: [email protected] for residents of Kansas or Missouri
  • MON, Nov 15th, 12:30 PM, Judicial Conduct & Misconduct is a review of judicial behavior from texting to discrimination and an online event hosted by the KS Law Review Symposium Tasked with resolving all matters before them, judges are perceived to be impartial, fair and just. They are expected to behave ethically according to the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Their authority, however, has prevented judges from always seeing the consequences of their actions. Judges have allegedly engaged in many unethical behaviors such as sexting through smartphone applications and emails, posting about political biases and confidential cases on social media, and engaging in discrimination against staff and litigants. The Kansas Law Review Symposium will host a panel of judicial ethics experts from across the country to discuss judicial conduct and misconduct, guidelines necessary to promote ethical behavior, and reforms needed to prevent any similar conduct in the future. No CLE credit will be offered during the symposium. The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration will be required. REGISTER NOW
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