Changing The Role Of Police In Schools; and Mindy Fugarino On School to Prison Pipeline

Changing The Role Of Police In Schools
**A rebroadcast from January 2018

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.

Mindy Fugarino On School to Prison Pipeline

Sister Berta of Operation Breakthrough told our host “Keith, the KCMO schools are basically a feeder system for prisons.” We now commonly refer to it as “pipeline to prison.” Some might not agree that it’s exclusively the fault of the KCMO or KCK School Districts. but the fact is that many, many arrests occur in the urban areas of Kansas City (both sides of the state line.) As we contemplate putting more police inside our schools to protect students from gun violence we must take a hard look at how their presence contributes to the school to prison pipeline.

Host Keith Washburn talks with Mindy Fugarino, who has been involved in re-entry programs for years and is currently the IMPACT Re-Entry Specialist with Avenue of Life, a not-for-profit which has programs in both KCK and KCMO. She will give the perspective of someone working with people at the back end of the school to prison pipeline looking back at the beginning of the pipeline.

Avenue of Life –

Our mission is to mobilize our community to equip and empower low-income individuals and families to be self-sustained and independent.
Our vision is to be catalysts for transformation in our community by breaking the cycle of poverty through community development, collaborative partnerships, and wrap-around services.

Website –
Contact Kim Bryan – (816) 787-6101

The JoJR Calendar for the week of April 16th

The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday April 19th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, that’s at 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at or call them at 816-912-2601.

The Mattie Rhodes Center invites you to the 8th Annual Brightening Lives, Building Futures Luncheon, Thursday April 19th. Each year, thousands of children come to Mattie Rhodes to find a safe space after school, a trusted mentor, healthy sports activities and a creative learning environment. All proceeds from this event will help fund their youth development programming. To reserve your spot or for more information email or call 816-581-5622.

You can participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month by attending Camp Choice Sues The World On Behalf Of Children, a court case drama to raise funds for Camp Choice Game Of Life weekend adventures and SMART Scholarships. Join the jury, Thursday, April 19th at SE High School, 3500 E Meyer Blvd, KCMO. Door open at 6pm and the play starts at 7pm. For more information and tickets email or call 816-560-0977 or Smart Learning Centers at 816-612-1083.

Corey’s Network and the Chuck E Cheese at 18701 E. 39th st,Independence Mo are once again teaming up to help victims of murder on Friday April 20th from 3-9pm. 15% of all purchases at the register including food, merchandise, and token deals will help pay funeral costs of a murder victim under the age of 12 years. You are invited to help out this good cause and if you have information on a murder call the tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS, that’s 474-8477.

Missouri and Indiana are the only two states in which a judge can give a death sentence if a jury deadlocks. Most states with the death penalty follow the federal procedure of an automatic sentence of life in prison if a jury cannot reach a unanimous decision. If you feel the Missouri legislature should restore the rightful role of the jury in capital cases call your Representative and Senator and tell them to support House Bill 2459 and Senate Bill 996.