Jaws of Justice Radio
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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Alverne Z. Bush started as a Programmer for the Jaws of Justice program in 2013. She grew up in KCK, attending area colleges and universities.
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.
Jeff is working as producer of Jaws of Justice Radio broadcast every Monday at 9:00 a.m. He hopes to help other under-served groups and individuals bring their voices and stories to the airwaves in the future.
Programmer biography coming soon.
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.
I am a host for Jaws of Justice Radio and I have served as a reporter for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines in this country and abroad such as, I was an editor with “The Prague Post” and I was a senior writer, then opinion and arts editor at “The National Catholic Reporter” for seven years.
Programmer biography coming soon.
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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.
October 14, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Ricky Kidd of the Midwest Innocence Project will conduct his first interview from the KKFI studios, after his exoneration, when he talks with Faye Jacobs about her conviction, her time spent in prison, how she got her release and what life is like for her now.
Please consider making a donation to celebrate a beginning with Ricky, a farewell for Jeff Humfeld, our Producer, and a thank you to KKFI for bringing the last 10 years of Jaws of Justice Radio to your airwaves.Listen
October 7, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Why Are Lawyers Never Held Accountable and What Happens After A Hung Jury? The Case of Rontarus Washington Jr., A Call In Show
Host Latahra Smith talks with Sarah Swain of the Swain Law Office in Lawrence, Kansas and Thurman Davis, a local KC activist about how to hold an attorney accountable for their actions and misdeeds.
Host Latahra Smith talks with Tommy Simmons a formerly incarcerated, prison reform and human rights activist about what happens when a jury cannot come to a verdict. We will open the phone lines for your comments and questions.Listen
September 30, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host David Bell will be joined by Nicole Price, the owner of Lively Paradox to will discuss how to recognize subconscious blind spots in ourselves, how those blind spots continue to shape how we view persons in the system and how they view themselves, and what we can do to break free from this mental prison.Listen
September 23, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
The new documentary In the Executioner’s Shadow casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful stories - the rare perspective of a former state executioner who comes within days of executing an innocent person; a Boston Marathon bombing victim who struggles to decide what justice really means; and the parents of a murder victim who choose to fight for the life of their daughter’s killer.
Challenging E-Carceration aims to change the conversation and policy concerning electronic monitoring and surveillance in the criminal legal system. In recent years mass incarceration has come under considerable criticism and been the focus of political mobilization from many quarters. Will we merely exchange concrete and steel cages for devices like electronic monitors which convert homes in poor communities into jails?Listen
September 16, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Local Homelessness Advocate Troy Robinson; and MO CURE Conference – Impact of Incarceration on Women and Children
Host Keith Brown El talks with Edna Harden President of MO Cure, Beverly Livingston of Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters and Latahra Smith of the KC Freedom Project about the problems families endure when they have a loved one incarcerated.Listen
September 9, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
“Jail Bond Bills” Are Illegal In Missouri and The Help KC – There Is Hope For Life In And Out Of Prison…
It is very unusual when both of our guests are unable to be present for our broadcast. It is even more unusual if we don’t find out until it is time to go on air. We will try to get them both on a future broadcast. That is why we were forced to quickly find something in our archive to fill the hour. Below you have descriptions of the two archive interviews we did broadcast.
First we play an interview Arlin Buyert did with Professor Brian Daldorf about his work teaching prisoners poetry and then Teresa Wilke talks with Romona Harris of A Broken Rose Organization about their work with Women and Children who are moving out of domestic violence.Listen
September 2, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Jeff Humfeld talks with Ricky Kidd about how he was wrongfully convicted, how he was exonerated, Where he is now in his reintegration into society and his plans to fight wrongful convictions and for the release of others wrongfully convicted.Listen
August 26, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Jenkins v City of Jennings – A Look Back With ArchCity Defenders; and Daniel Ellsberg On The Espionage Act
Host Teresa Wilke talks with Michael-John Voss the Co-Founder and Director of Special Projects at ArchCity Defenders about Jenkins v City of Jennings a groundbreaking case that has implications across the state. Host Margot Patterson talks with Daniel Ellsberg about the use of the Espionage Act since he leaked the Pentagon Papers, up to today's threat posed by its possible use against Julian Assange.Listen
August 19, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Today's Host is Latahra Smith of the KC Freedom Project. She is joined by Ester Holzendorf of Consolidated Social Work Services and Sankofa for KC, Beverly Livingston of Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters and by phone Sahj Kaya of Free Ma People. Our panel will discuss prosecutorial misconduct in Jackson County, MO, the types of misconduct that have occurred and how we as citizens can hold these public servants accountable for their misdeeds.Listen
August 12, 2019 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Bobby Bostic Doesn’t Want Kids Making The Same Mistakes He Did; and A Replay – The Criminal Appeals Process With Attorney Kent Gipson
Host Elyse Max talks with Bobby Bostic about his program, Juvenile Lifers Without Parole Speak, which he believes has the power to prevent youth from ending up in the school to prison pipeline.
Then a rebroadcast from 2016 Host Latahra Smith talks with local Appellate Lawyer, Kent Gipson about the criminal appeals process and the appellate system on the federal and state level. He will give us a basic understanding of the appellate system and why it is necessary. We hope to learn how it works and why sometimes it doesn’t work.Listen