It is the intention of Jaws of Justice Radio to investigate how to achieve justice in America, this includes issues of economic injustice, political injustice and the criminal justice system. We want to put a human face on those caught in the grasp of injustice and those that are part of an unjust system. We strive to dispel the misconceptions created by the news and entertainment industry, politicians and our educational system.
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Craig Lubow is a criminal defense and family law attorney in Kansas. Craig has been a progressive activist since the early 1970s, starting in the War Resisters’ League. Craig serves on the executive committee of the Kanza Group of the Kansas Sierra Club.
Mr. Bell has significant experience in criminal matters at the local, state and federal level. After obtaining his business and tax law degrees, Mr. Bell worked as a tax and estate planning attorney. Combining his desire to help people with his love of the law, Mr. Bell then served as a trial attorney with the Missouri Public Defender’s System in Jackson County, Missouri where he represented thousands of clients in matters ranging from misdemeanor assault to first degree murder. Now in private practice as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Bell's practice areas include white-collar, violent offenses, drug offenses, and sexual offenses.
I am a native son of Kansas City, Missouri who recently returned to this city after a long expedition, or journey that took me to some of the places in America that are referred to here at KKFI as the “Jaws of Justice!” Once I heard that terminology, I automatically knew this is where I belonged and I have been here every sense.
Margot Patterson is a writer and editor. Most of her experience has been in print journalism, frequently writing on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. In 2019 she and co-hosts Jamie Jackson and Jeremy Rothe-Kushel started “Understanding Israel-Palestine,” a now-weekly program that seeks to provide listeners with a more informed perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than is often available in the mainstream press. She is a long-time contributor to KKFI’s “Jaws of Justice” program and has interviewed a wide range of policy experts, criminologists, law enforcement officials and former inmates on topics ranging from juvenile justice detention, mass incarceration and police training to domestic extremism, human trafficking, solitary confinement and new technologies of incarceration.
Programmer biography coming soon.
Terri loves community radio!
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It is the intention of Jaws of Justice Radio to investigate how to achieve justice in America, this includes issues of economic injustice, political injustice and the criminal justice system. We want to put a human face on those caught in the grasp of injustice and those that are part of an unjust system. We strive to dispel the misconceptions created by the news and entertainment industry, politicians and our educational system. We want to pull back the veil and reveal those that really write our laws and who our justice system is meant to protect. It is our intention to seek out alternatives to the present practice that puts the law before justice, alternatives that are restorative to those that have been wronged and just to those that have offended. In short, we want to inform our society of the realities of the existing systems and in doing so start a dialogue about how to create systems that truly seek justice for all.
The Jaws of Justice Radio group is made up of formerly incarcerated citizens, family members of victims, family members of the incarcerated, lawyers, and justice seeking members of our community. We invite you to join the dialogue.
Jaws of Justice Radio has covered issues of law enforcement, courts, incarceration, homelessness, economic injustice, foster care, death penalty, constitutional rights and more. We are looking for organizations and individuals to tell their story, and more folks that want to learn how to produce radio.
Executive co-producers are Craig Lubow and Margot Patterson.
October 18, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Jaws of Justice host David Bell speaks with Laura Mars, Founder of KeyPoint Counselling Services, LLC, a mental health and counseling practice established in 1992. Their discussion will center on sex offenders, their family and the treatment for both.Listen
October 11, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Jaws of Justice hosts Terri Wilke and Keith Brown El speak with guests Spencer Graves, a host of RadioActive Magazine on KKFI and Tommy Simmons, a man many have heard from about the Kansas City Police Department. Our discussion will center on the July 2021 letter addressed to US Attorney General Merrick Garland and signed by representatives of the Urban League – KC, the National Black United Front KC, the NAACP – KC, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference - KC, and the Urban Summit. The letter asks the US Department of Justice to do a civil rights investigation of the KCPD because of numerous incidents of deadly force, serious bodily injury, excessive force and false arrest.Listen
October 4, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Bev Livingston speaks with Janay Reliford-Davis, Founder of Camp CHOICE, Inc, the mission of which is to provide youth life enrichment experiences to benefit spiritual, educational & social well being. They will discuss students’ present school status, and note that many are behind a couple years from grade levels. This strengthens the pipelines to prisons. They will also discuss the MO state Bully law making elementary youth felons and more. Next, Latahra Smith will tell listeners about Wrongful Conviction Day. We're asking for concern that there are people in prison while evidence of their innocence exists.Listen
September 27, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
JOIN US ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH WHEN HOST DAVID BELL SPEAKS WITH RUSS BRIEN ABOUT HOW LAW PERTAINS TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Host David Bell speaks with Russ Brien, member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and a lawyer specializing in tribal and federal law. Brien Law, LLC, is wholly-owned by Russell A. Brien. Russ Brien has been practicing law since 1993. His practice has been broad based, including work in general business, bankruptcy, municipal, corporate, securities and real estate. He has an active Indian law practice and he speaks on Indian law and reservation-based economic development at seminars across the country.Listen
September 20, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
GUESTS ARE LUCY BLOOM OF VERONICA’S VOICE followed by DAVID GRAHAM, J.D., WHO SPEAKS ABOUT POLYGRAPHS
Host Terri Wilke speaks with Lucy Bloom, Executive Director of Veronica’s Voice. Veronica’s Voice is a local service organization whose vision is to see all people free from commercial sexual exploitation. Following that, host Craig Lubow speaks with David Graham, a Kansas criminal defense attorney, about problems with the polygraph test.Listen
September 13, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Terri Wilke speaks with Lars Leininger of Workforce Partnership, an organization that functions as the local workforce development board serving the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro, serving both job seekers and employers.
There is a Fair Chance Job Fair upcoming on September 16th. Tune in to learn of opportunity!
In the second part of our program, host Margot Patterson speaks with Sharon Brett, Legal Director of the ACLU of Kansas. The ACLU and federal public defenders are warning a private prison company may be trying to avoid President Biden's executive order that bans new contracts with most for-profit detention facilities. They sent a 10-page letter to a White House office and local officials that details violent incidents and inmate rights violations that happened this year at the Leavenworth Detention Center.
Please listen and be open to our messages. On Jaws of Justice, we investigate how to achieve justice in America. TUNE IN TO KKFI 90.1 FM https://kkfi.org/listen/
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
September 6, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Bev Livingston speaks with Jann Coulson of Kairos Outside of Western Missouri. Kairos Outside demonstrates God's grace and love through support for women who have relatives or friends who are or have been incarcerated. Next, host Keith Brown El speaks with his guest, Marvin Cotton from Detroit. Marvin Cotton is listed on the National Registry of Exonerees. Marvin Cotton was exonerated after 19 years, seven months and 12 days in prison for a crime he did not commit. Keith traveled to Jefferson City on August 30, 2021 to participate in a Rally for Justice for inmates Kevin Strickland and Lamar Johnson. Marvin Cotton was one of the speakers. Tune in to hear all this!Listen
August 30, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host David Bell speaks with Dr. Nicole Price, CEO of Lively Paradox. Dr. Price will challenge our tendency to find an exception to the rule when confronted with examples of systemic racism in the criminal justice system.Listen
August 23, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Terri Wilke speaks first with Yazmin Valdez, Intern with Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation - Kansas City (AIRRKC). Listeners have been introduced to AIRRKC. Yazmin Valdez is our guest to speak more specifically about Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte County. Next, Terri Wilke speaks with Mike Brouwer, Criminal Justice Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) in Douglas County, Kansas.
They commissioned a study of law enforcement pedestrian and traffic stops in Douglas County, and they are not afraid to look at the data. Tune in to learn more.
August 16, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Terri Wilke speaks with Karla Juarez, Executive Director, and Pastor Rick Behrens, Board Member, of Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation, or AIRR, whose mission is to educate, organize, and inspire our Kansas City community to advocate for immigrant rights. Host Margot Patterson will speak with DeRay McKesson, Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, a project dedicated to ending police and state violence.
Campaign Zero’s data-informed platform presents a package of policy solutions to end police violence in America.