On April 3rd, Host Elyse Max speaks with Lori Curry, Founder of Missouri Prison Reform and Tim Wallace, Former Correctional Officer for the Missouri Department of Corrections. They will discuss conditions of incarceration in Missouri.
Missouri Prison Reform is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that advocates for Missouri’s incarcerated and their families by elevating their voices, advocating for their needs, and exposing harmful policies that undermine the overall goal of harm reduction, healing, and rehabilitation.
Missouri Prison Reform was founded in 2019 by Lori Curry after she began to learn about prison conditions in Missouri. Lori wanted to amplify the voices of those impacted by Missouri’s carceral system and advocate for better prison conditions. Missouri Prison Reform began being contacted by more and more people living inside prisons as well as their families and even prison staff who wanted to tell their story or seek help.
Tim Wallace has been in the criminal justice field for over twenty years. He has worked in casino surveillance, law enforcement, corrections, armed transport and private security. He has been a supervisor in the casino industry and corrections and those experiences taught him many lessons of teamwork, loyalty, hard work, integrity, having fun in what you do and dedication. He talks about his experience as a Correctional Officer and what he believes prison administration can do to improve the prison experience.
This is a fascinating hour. Please tune in to better understand what our tax dollars have created and how the system can be improved for both staff and for those who spend time in prison. The reality is that most prisons are overcrowded, often dangerous, provide sub-standard medical and mental health care and do nothing to prepare prisoners for when they return to the free world.
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Calendar for the week of April 3rd:
- Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Jackson County homeowners who fall behind on their payments and face foreclosure. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
- You can find Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense events at org. Open to all, Mothers and others!
- Empower Missouri Week of Action is this week. Learn about opportunities https://empowermissouri.org/events/?category=Upcoming-Events
- MON, April 3rd, between 6:45 PM and 8:45 PM, Kansas City Criminal Justice Task Force (KCCJTC) has a meeting via conference call. If you would like to join in, you can call 605-313-5573 and when asked for code then enter 454777
- TUES, April 4th, is your chance to vote in the Primary for Kansas City Missouri Council.
- TUES, April 4th, 9 AM, 2023 Kansas WEALTH Day is at the KS State Capitol, 300 SW 10th St, Topeka, KS. Kansas WEALTH Day of Advocacy and Education brings together organizations, advocates, and legislators to connect on Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation, and Health. You can join Kansans to learn about and advocate for WEALTH in Kansas at the first in-person WEALTH Day at the Capitol since 2020!
- TUES, April 4th, 6:45 PM, Community Ramadan Dinner with Good Faith Network is at 10211 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, KS. Dialogue Institute of Kansas City asks us to celebrate Ramadan all together! It’s the month of mercy, compassion and unity! More info at https://www.arabamerica.com/events/community-ramadan-dinner-with-good-faith-network/
- THURS, April 6th, 5 PM, is the Community Justice Coalition (CJC) virtual meeting. The CJC is a multi-sector team of dedicated advocates who envision a future without mass incarceration. Access info at https://empowermissouri.org/events/april-6th-community-justice-coalition-meeting/
- SAT, April 8th, 10:30 AM – 8 PM is the Pow Wow and Indigenous Cultures Festival at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Dr, Lawrence KS. Schedule and more information: https://fnsapowwow.ku.edu/
- SAT, April 8th, NOON – 2 PM, Mothers of Incarcerated Sons & Daughters invites you to their monthly session at Plexpod Westport Commons centrally located on bus line, easy to find at 300 E. 39th St KCMO (Annex A) meeting room with convenient parking and much more. More info at https://misdkc.org/
- A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com. It is updated daily.
Please take care of yourselves and others. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!