On February 6, 2023, Jaws of Justice is going to air the recording from a January 30, 2023 event in Lawrence KS, when Justice Matters invited the public to learn about the Vera Report.  So, who is Vera?

The Vera Institute for Justice is a non-profit national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for transformation of the criminal legal and immigration system so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are incarcerated; and everyone behind bars is treated with dignity.


The Vera Institute works with government and community partners across the country to advance research, analyze policy, pilot programs, and implement solutions on the ground. Working on nearly 60 projects in 40 states, Vera is committed to developing solutions to the most pressing injustices of our day. This page encompasses all of Vera’s work in Kansas, and any related news coverage:  https://www.vera.org/kansas

Vera created a 68 page report about incarceration in Douglas County KS and Justice Matters held a public forum so that every citizen could know what their data revealed – that problems with the incarceration of people in Douglas County Kansas had a disproportionate impact on people of color, women, and persons of lower income to a greater extent than the impact on white, male and higher income residents of the county.  Further, Vera has made recommendations on how those disparities can be remediated.


We’ll play the calendar in the middle of our hour.

Please don’t think we are just talking about a county in Kansas, Vera’s reports show this same story happening from one end of our country to the other.

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 February 6th:

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  • 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!

MON, Feb. 13th 9 AM – 2 PM is KS Moms Demand Action 2023 Advocacy Day in the Rotunda, KS State Capitol, 300 SW 10th St, Topeka KS.  Kansas Moms Demand Action volunteers and supporters will gather in the 1st Floor Rotunda of the Capitol to listen to speakers then break into groups to visit legislators. Please RSVP to https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/51141/signup/?_gl=1*1s8uzf9*_ga*NzUwMDMzNDE2LjE2NTA4NDg4NTg.*_ga_LT0FWV3EK3*MTY3NDE4MjA0Ni42My4wLjE2NzQxODIwNTMuMC4wLjA.


  • MON, Feb. 6th, NOON – 2:30 PM Clean Slate Expungement Clinic will be in the Auditorium, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence KS. Those who have questions regarding the clinic and expungement eligibility may call the Legal Aid Clinic at 785-864-5564.
  • MON, Feb. 6th, 6:45 PM KCCJTF 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
  • SAT, Feb. 11th, 10 AM, Saturday Brunch with Sly James at the Dialogue Institute of KC, 4215 Shawnee Dr, 66106. Dialogue Institute of Kansas City Sly James will talk about The Opportunity Agenda: Building Cities For Our Children. RSVP by 2-8 to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saturday-brunch-with-sly-james-building-cities-for-our-children-tickets-517826291377
  • FRI, Feb. 10th, NOON, Empower Missouri’s Friday Forum is online and the topic is Raise the Age. Teenagers have developing brains which often fail to understand the complex affects their actions may cause. This is even more true for teenagers who have grown up in poverty and feel the impact of violence in the communities, a lack of adequate nutrition, or unstable housing. Despite mountains of evidence that adolescents are not adults, Missouri continues to allow children as young as 12 years old to be tried as adults in our court systems. Come learn more about this policy and help us change it. More info at https://empowermissouri.org/events/
  • 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!

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