On October 10th, host Terri Wilke speaks with Tonda Jones Hill, Asst. District Attorney for the Wyandotte County Kansas District Attorney office, on the topic of probation and parole. Tonda Hill received her education from the University of Kansas, including a law degree.   She entered the courtroom by working as a public defender and she represented indigent defendants that were charged with felony crimes.  She is now a Deputy Public Defender for Wyandotte County Kansas where currently she is a Sexual Assault Prosecutor.

There is not a crime, a dodge, a trick, a swindle, nor a vice which does not live by secrecy.   It is important for everyone to understand the rules and for those rules to be applied in a fair and orderly way.  So, what is probation?  What is parole?

Probation is a court-imposed criminal sentence that, subject to stated conditions and restrictions, releases a convicted criminal defendant into the community instead of confining him or her to jail or prison.

Parole is the conditional release of prisoners before they complete their sentence. Paroled prisoners are supervised by a public official, usually called a parole officer. If paroled prisoners violate the conditions of their release, they may be returned to prison.

Many issues arise from the application of these court mandated processes.  Just as commission of a crime stands in the way of a person’s freedom, the criminal justice system can stand in the way of a person’s freedom.  How we treat ourselves and each other requires constant examination.

To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.”  ― Malcolm X


We’ll play the calendar at the midpoint of our hour.

For the second half of our hour, host Melvin Merritt will speak with Bobby Newman of Newman Interventions which helps families save the lives of their addicted loved ones by guiding them through an intervention for drug or alcohol addiction and Emma Ashton who is with Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free.

We bring you vital information underserved or ignored by mainstream media.  We pride ourselves on digging in and sharing the issues that entertain and inform our listeners by providing a curated, unique and independent voice.

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 October 10th:

  • 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, October 10th is the World Day Against the Death Penalty. You can attend the following virtual events:
  • From 12:00 – 1:00 pm, on October 10th a lunch hour screening of the #KevinJohnson Clemency Video from Off Center media. This will commemorate the 20th World Day Against the Death Penalty. The screening will be followed by a time for Q&A. The event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend via Zoom: or catch it on Facebook live at:
  • That evening, at 6:00 PM, MADP along with organizations across the United States and MountainTop Films director Lisa Boyd of An American Tragedy have partnered to produce an online event, a screening of An American Tragedy, which features the story of Jeffery Ferguson and the Hall family. Their case was out of St. Charles County in Missouri and was prosecuted by Bob McCulloch, who is responsible for 29 death sentences in Missouri, including #KevinJohnson and the #StLouis6. All proceeds from the film go to organizations on the ground, like MADP, which are fighting executions. The price is $5 or pay what you can. Online Event Link:

  • MON, October 10th, 6 PM, MORE2 monthly Issues2Action meeting. Every second Monday of the month, leaders and members from across the metro gather online to advance racial and economic equity. These meetings are open to any who are interested in getting involved. Usually there are some general updates and announcements, then teams will break out by issue focus to plan their next steps of action. The zoom link is available at or you can join using this link:
  • MON, October 10, 6 PM, The Shawnee KS city council is meeting on October 10th and they have a staff direction document that says that the city council is in favor of a trans sports ban. The meeting is at 6pm October 10th at Shawnee City Hall 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee KS. Testimony can also be given online after the agenda is published.
  • THURS, October 13th, 6 – 7;30 PM, In Their Shoes: Building Healthy Relationships’ Simulation Event is at the Auditorium in Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont, Lawrence KS. In partnership with the Willow Domestic Violence Center and #BeMoreLikeClaire, all are welcome to join for an opportunity to explore healthy relationship dynamics and become acquainted with crucial aspects of intimate partner violence. Facilitators from these organizations will lead attendees through an experiential simulation called ‘In Their Shoes: Teens & Dating Violence’. This simulation is especially pertinent to those in regular contact with teens, like teachers, counselors, law enforcement, parents, friends, and others. The simulation will be followed by a guided discussion about recognizing both healthy and problematic behaviors in relationships. During the exercise, participants will role-play one of six characters based on the experiences of real teenagers, including sexting, homophobia, stalking, and partner violence. Participants will gain perspective on what it means to be a youth experiencing intimate partner violence, learn about the types of abuse that aren’t physical but equally as destructive, understand the importance of advocacy, and collect information on potential life-saving resources. This simulation is open to the public and there is no cost to participate. However, space is limited, so please register ahead of time. Registration Required. Questions? Ask Marc: [email protected]
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines specific to sheltering are available at It is updated daily.

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