Monday, June 13th, host Latarha Smith will speak with Mika Williams, who is operational with OneDay@ATime4Me, Inc a charitable and educational organization in Kansas City, Missouri that assists women returning to society from incarceration.The reentry into society of incarcerated people remains one of the most significant challenges facing the criminal justice system, as correctional facilities in the United States release approximately 600,000 individuals back into communities each year. About 78,000 of those individuals are women, equating to more than 200 every day, nationwide.

Although men in reentry significantly outnumber women, the challenges confronting women returning from incarceration are formidable and complex, pointing to a need for specialized and appropriate reentry programming. Those challenges upon release can include employment, addiction, mental illness, housing, transportation, family reunification, childcare, parenting, and poor physical health.

Importantly, the majority of incarcerated females are parents to children under the age of 18. Many of these incarcerated mothers have sole custody of their children and plan to resume their parenting role following release.  Females who commit crimes are more likely to suffer from co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, putting them in the group at highest risk for recidivism and relapse and thus most in need of treatment.

Notably, while the number of women entering prisons and jails has grown significantly, a corresponding increase in programming has not materialized. OneDay@ATime4Me, Inc is a greatly needed charitable and educational organization in Kansas City, Missouri that assists women returning to society from incarceration.

We’ll play our calendar at the midpoint of the hour, then Terri Wilke will speak with Spencer Graves about the interaction between crime and news stories.  Major media everywhere shape our understanding of everything including crime.

A plot of the incarceration rate in the US shot up by a factor of almost five in the last quarter of the twentieth century.

Perhaps this increase can be attributed to changes in the editorial policies of the major media whereby nearly all their investigative journalists were fired and replaced with the police blotter.

More information on Graves’ comments, including references to research on the issue, is available in the Wikiversity article on “Social construction of crime and what we can do about it”, which itself was broadcasted on KKFI June 2 on “All Souls Forum”.

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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.

Calendar for the week of June 13th:

  • 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  https://momsdemandaction.org/events/
  •  MON, June 13th 6 PM, online More3 monthly issues 2 action meeting, for more info and for access, contact [email protected]
  • MON, JoCo MoveOn June Meeting: 7 pm, Online event. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85090178452?pwd=OTJpWHFEcUVIVzlnZXQ1VjBobTdydz09

meeting ID: 850 9017 8452 Passcode: 483419

  • Fri, June 17th Empower Missouri Criminal Justice Organizing Committee 11 AM, Access the meeting on your computer


Meeting ID: 869 3214 5674

One tap mobile +19292056099,,86932145674# US (New York)

  • SAT, June 18th, 10 AM, 3rd Annual Advocacy March and Rally, Overland Park City Hall, 8500 Santa Fe. Anyone and everyone that wants to celebrate freedom, equality, and justice! This event is organized by the Advocacy and Awareness Group of Johnson County, with the help of our incredible community partners. #JoCoJuneteenth
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines specific to sheltering are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/ It is updated daily.


Stay safe. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!   A crisis on the scale of the pandemic can reorder society in dramatic ways, for better or worse.  All of society pays a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us.



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