Jaws of Justice Radio investigates how we can achieve justice from a system of laws deeply rooted in economic, social and political inequality. We hope you will listen.
To begin our hour, host Bev Livingston will talk with Bobby Bostic. Bobby Bostic served the longest sentence in Missouri given to a juvenile for non-homicide offenses. When he was 16 years old, Bostic and an accomplice robbed, shot at a group of people and then later carjacked another person. No one was seriously injured in the incidents but after rejecting a plea deal for a life sentence, Bostic was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to 241 years by former St. Louis Circuit Judge Evelyn Baker. Judge Baker came to regret the sentence she gave Bobby Bostic, and she joined the ACLU appeal of his sentence, which was so long he was not eligible for parole until he would be 112. Bostic was serving the longest sentence in Missouri given to a juvenile for non-homicide offenses.
During his more than 20 years of incarceration, Bobby Bostic grew to adulthood and, with input from others who were also sent to prison at a young age, he developed a program to teach today’s young people how to avoid the “school to prison pipeline”. His case attracted considerable media attention due to changing laws regarding life-sentences for minors, and the severity of his sentence. In 2021, a new law passed allowing Bostic to apply for parole. His application was approved and he was released on November 9, 2022.
Now free, Bobby Bostic will tell listeners about his work with other criminal justice involved people.
On the second part of our hour, host Melvin Merritt will speak with Gina Chiala, Ex. Director and Staff Attorney at Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom.
The vision of the Heartland Centers for Jobs and Freedom is that working people of all races and backgrounds will have the power and influence to ensure that everyone who works can live a full life free of abuse, exploitation, and poverty. It is their mission to create opportunities for workers to learn and exercise their rights, realize their collective power, and develop the leadership skills necessary to advocate for a racially and economically just society.
Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom is beginning their annual fund drive. Tune in to learn what they do and how you can help!
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.
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