Statistical Data of Douglas County Kansas Criminal Justice/Elyse Max of MADPMO

For our show on August 24th, host Teresa Wilke talks with Michael Brouwer, Criminal Justice Coordinator, and Matt Cravens, Data Analyst, both at the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Douglas County, KS.

Mike Brouwer has more than 23 years of experience in providing mental health and criminal justice-related services.   Mike is recognized for his criminal justice efforts at the state and national levels. He has held the position of Criminal Justice Coordinator in Douglas County KS since fall 2019.

The Douglas CTY KS Criminal Justice Coordinating Council has hired Matt Cravens as Data Analyst in 12/19 and he is working fast!  Cravens has  worked as a statistician for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, D.C.

Mike Brouwer and Matt Cravens have analyzed Douglas County data on arrests and incarceration.  They will talk on whether the data shows Blacks and Hispanics are arrested and held in numbers disproportionate to the ethnic population of the county.

There is need for concern with possible racial discrimination in justice system processing.  If supported by factual data, we can turn our attention to the more important matter—improving the social environmental conditions that foster disproportionate ethnic involvement in crime.

We hope you will listen.

During the second half of our hour, host Craig Lubow will talk with Elyse Maxx, State Director of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, or MADP MO.  Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the use of the death penalty in the state of Missouri.

Elyse has been Director of MADPMO for over 2 years.  Before that, she was employed with area community colleges, working in sociology, ESL, and adult education.    And she is raising twin girls!  We’re glad Elyse has time to talk with Craig!  We believe Missouri is accelerating the rate of executions of incarcerated persons.  It is not clear any person should be subject to the death penalty.  Do we have the right to take a human life — especially since our human judgments are fallible and often wrong?

Calendar of Events 8-24-2020

 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

  • TUES, 8/25 Faith & Public Policy Forum: 7 PM, Online event of Kansas Interfaith Action, ACLU of Kansas, & Kansas Action for Children This year KIFA’s signature issues forum will be held on Zoom and Facebook Live.
  • TUES, 8/25 6 PM Special Meeting for Police Reform, Municipal Court House, 214 SE 8th Ave, Topeka KS hosted by Black Lives Matter. This is a call to action!
  • WED, AUG 26th, and THURS, Aug 27th, 2:30 PM, because of restoration of Federal death penalty – executions scheduled for Wed and Thurs.  MAPMO Vigils at KC Federal Courthouse, 400 E. 9th, KCMO.   Masks and safe distancing, you can join.
  • THURS, August 27th, Public Policy and Local Politics: 6 PM, Facebook event hosted by Kansas Appleseed. 18% of Kansas kids live in households that struggle to put food on the table. Our local elected leaders can play an important part in coordinating out-of-school meal programs to keep our kids fed and bring extra federal dollars into our local food economy.
  • THURS, August 27th, Eastern Jackson County Meeting: 10 AM, Online event. Moms Demand Action – MO If you live in Raytown, Independence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, or elsewhere in Jackson County, this is your local Moms Demand Action group! Go to to RSVP.
  • SAT, Aug 29th, 5 – 7 PM, #saveourchildrenKCprotest, City Hall, KCMO, 414 E 12th St, KCMO, for victims and loved ones of senseless shootings.
  • 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!

Please listen to Jaws of Justice next week!


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