Mark Dupree, WYCO DA, and Alex S. Vitale, Author of The End of Policing, Each Speak on Justice

Jaws of Justice Radio Investigates how to achieve justice in America.  On our next show, host Teresa Wilke speaks with Mark Dupree, District Attorney of Wyandotte County, KS, the 4th largest county in the State of Kansas.

Mr. Dupree was sworn into office in January 2017.  He has been re-elected for a second four-year term this year. Mark Dupree sees the role of the District Attorney’s office as keeping the community safe. Dupree’s focus is equitably charging and prosecuting crime proactively.

On top of that, Mark Dupree asked for and received funding to open a Convict Integrity Unit, a division that works to prevent, identify, and remedy false convictions. Our listeners are aware that the consequence of inappropriate prosecution is irreparable harm and Mark Dupree is willing to review convictions in order to assure correct measures of correction have occurred.

After the calendar, in the second half of our hour, host Margot Patterson speaks with Alex S. Vitale, author of the 2017 book, The End of Policing. Alex Vitale believes the police have seen dramatic expansion and we need to reconsider what it is the job of the police in our society. Is it a tool of social control that is inconsistent with community empowerment and social justice?  Alex Vitale will explain how some alternatives to policing, such as drug legalization, regulation, and harm reduction has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice.

Vitale will speak about what roles police should and shouldn’t play, what he makes of the current protests and what actual change might look like.

We hope you will listen.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

Calendar for the week of December 7th:

In compliance with the latest version of Mayor Lucas’s emergency order, certain business activities may resume while ensuring necessary public health measures remain in place.  See the FAQS at

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free legal assistance to Jackson County homeowners in pursuing forbearance, mortgage/loan modifications, Chapter 13 bankruptcies, or other legal solutions. More than 2.3 million homeowners were 90 days or more past due on their mortgages in September. This is a 500% increase since the beginning of 2020. Homeowners who fall behind on their payments now may face foreclosure in the near future. Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
  • MORE² Missouri Issues2Action Night will be MON, Dec. 7th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. For more info: contact [email protected].
  •  MON, Dec. 7th, 6 PM, there is a virtual Expungement info session from ACLU-MO. See access info at ACLU Missouri on Facebook.
  • Monday Meets: 4 PM, Dec. 7th, Online event. The Willow Domestic Violence Center invites you to a Facebook Live event to meet and talk.
  • TUES, Dec. 8th, December 8th and 10th: Statewide Federal Execution Watch and Vigils for Lisa Montgomery and Brandon Bernard. Visit our Facebook for details and updates; times and locations vary. To read more about federal executions, visit
  • WED Dec. 9th, from 12 noon to 2 PM, you can participate in the drop-in Christmas-Card signing for inmates. This is a function of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and they need to know if you are coming, Trinity United Methodist Church, 620 East Armour Blvd, PLEASE notify [email protected]
  • , Dec 9, 2020 9:00 – 10:30 AM online via zoom Kansas Religious Leaders Caucus.  More² asks you to please register in advance, see access info at More².orgif you plan to attend.
  • THURS, Dec. 10th, Johnson CTY KS Moms Demand Virtual Meeting is 6:30 PM, go to for access info.
  • SAT, Dec. 12th, 6 – 8 PM is the annual celebration of Veronica’s Voice, In the Words of Survivors. Veronica’s Voice helps empower women to exit from, to prevent the entry into, and to end all demand for prostitution-sex trafficking in the United States.  Tickets and access to the virtual event at
  • Dec. 12th Saturday, December 12th at 6PM you can join a webinar on racial discrimination and the death penalty highlighting the report by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), Enduring Injustice: the Persistence of Racial Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty. Access info at MADPmo on Facebook.
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at It is updated daily.

Please take care of yourselves and others. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well! The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for health care reforms that promote universal access to affordable care.



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