Jails are a serious part of our lives.

New Douglas County KS Criminal Justice Coordinator, Mike Brouwer, brings a wealth of experience in criminal justice and behavioral health to Douglas County KS, where Lawrence is located.  He will be our guest and talk with host, Teresa Wilke, about what has been learned since their large jail was built in 1999.   In response to overcrowding in the Douglas County jail, in 2015 the Douglas County Commission proposed jail expansion.  The people asked for a vote and overwhelmingly voted against jail expansion but supported a mental health crisis center.  The Douglas County Commissioners are still on track to expand the jail and now are also building a mental health crisis center.

On the second part of the hour, our host, Keith Brown El, will talk with three men, Edward Pennington, Willie Copeland and Jeffrey Scott, who have recently been released from prison about their transition back into society.

Calendar of Events 1-6-20 

  • Corey’s Network will have their weekly meeting with a Survivors’ Workshop – How to Deal with the Media – on Monday January 6th, 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: coreysnetwork.org or phone 816-866-7868


  • January 10, 2020 Chuck E. Cheese’s Fundraiser Night for Corey’s Network 4:00 – 9:00 PM at Chuck E Cheese, 18701 E. 39th St., Independence, MO.  Corey’s Network, Inc. and Chuck E. Cheese’s hold a fundraiser once a quarter. The funds go toward a child’s funeral or Trust Fund for the children of a homicide victim. Each fundraiser goes to a different cause. All YOU have to do is show up, eat pizza, play games and HAVE FUN! 15% of what you spend is given to Corey’s Network!


  • The MORE² Missouri Issues2Action Night will be January 6, 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 620 E Armour Blvd, Kansas City, MO,  Contact [email protected] for more information.


  • The KC Criminal Justice Task Force will meet Monday Jan. 6th from 6:45 – 8:45 PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 4947 Chouteau Drive, KCMO. The mission of the Criminal Justice Task Force mission is to lobby the Missouri State Legislature for sentencing laws that are fair and basic human rights of those that are incarcerated. For information contact Robin Johnson at 816-522-4081 or email: [email protected].  They hope everyone will be able to attend or call in at the meeting time to 605-313-5573 and say access code 454-777.


  • Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) is a statewide organization working to repeal the death penalty in Missouri by educating citizens and legislators regarding the costs and consequences of capital punishment. Their Kansas City Chapter meeting will be January 7, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.


  • On Jan. 8 from 5 – 8:30 PM, there will be a Wyandotte County Legislative Delegation Town Home meeting in the Auditorium of the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N 82nd Street, Kansas City, KS.  The entire Wyandotte State Delegation will be acting as a panel to discuss their priorities for the 2020 session and to answer your questions.


  • Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting Saturday, January 11 from noon to 2 PM at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 East 75th Street, KCMO. If you have a loved one that is incarcerated and need advice and support MISD has members that may be able to help.


  • Jan. 11th, Safe Space Drop-In: 1-4 PM, Lawrence Public Library, Atrium Study Room, 707 Vermont, 66044. Trained advocates from Willow Domestic Violence Center and the Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center 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 in our community.


  • 1/11 Wyandotte County January Moms Demand Action Meeting: 10 AM, KCK Public Library – South, 3104 Strong Ave, KCKS. Everyone welcome. Mothers and others.


  • Community of Reason KC presents Imprisoning a Generation, a documentary film. Imprisoned in the Israeli military system, 500 Palestinian children are detained every year. This will be 2:00 PM January 12, in Haag Hall 301 (northwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road), UMKC.



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