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.
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.
June 14, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Jaws of Justice is bringing listeners a special show during pledge drive. Host Keith Brown El will speak with Ronnie Amiyn. Amiyn left prison in 2018 after serving 25 years. Today, he is the Housing Coordinator for the Criminal Justice Ministry’s Release to Rent program. This program helps formerly incarcerated people with housing and other services. TUNE IN TO KKFI 90.1 FM https://kkfi.org/listen/Listen
June 7, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Kansas City Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas and eight city council members voted to reallocate about $42 million of the Kansas City Police Department’s budget to a new fund that would emphasize social services such as community engagement and mental health programs. Opponents contend the budget change is “defunding” the police department. Lucas counters that the budget will actually increase because $3 million has been added for new police recruiting class. Proponents of the budget change feel it is smart because it is not defunding the police department. Rather, it raises the level of accountability to the citizens that pay taxes for the police department to operate.
Host Margot Patterson will discuss these issues with her guest, the Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Cleaver III of St James United Methodist Church and they will discuss his and other faith leaders’ concerns about the fatal police shooting of Malcolm Johnson in March and distrust between the police and the black community.
May 31, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Good people doing something are the guests of Jaws of Justice on 5-31-31. Host Terri Wilke speaks with four members of Justice Matters, Barbara Palmer, Deb Engstrom, Ralph Planthold and Joanna Harader. Their idea is dramatically different than the status quo – try to keep people OUT of jail.Listen
May 24, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Join us Monday, May 24th, 2021, at 9:00 AM when host David Bell speaks with Kansas City Pastor Darron Edwards about how religion is often the fabric bringing victims, defendants and the criminal justice system together.Listen
May 17, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Terri Wilke speaks with Cliff Middleton about wrongful convictions. In light of recent legislative action in Missouri, people trapped in the swirling vortex of our criminal justice system might have increased opportunity to overturn wrongful convictions. Then, host Craig Lubow talks to criminal defense attorney Dan Ross, who was a criminal prosecutor before turning to the defense side. Dan talks about alarming evidence of wrongdoing by former Detective Roger Golubski which has led to wrongful convictions in Wyandotte County, Kansas.Listen
May 10, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Join us Monday, when host Bev Livingston speaks with guests on the great benefit from the actions of MISD. Listeners will hear about an upcoming event – the MISD Marketplace on June 5th, 2021. During the second half of our hour, host Keith Brown El will speak with Ronnie Amiyn. Amiyn left prison in 2018 after 25 years. Today, he is employed helping recently released persons find housing. He is active in efforts to allow felons to have the right to vote.Listen
May 3, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Christine McDonald of Christine’s Place and Lee Gibson of Relentless Pursuit Work to End Prostitution – James Hosey Helps the Homeless
Host Margot Patterson will interview Lee Gibson, Founder of Relentless Pursuit Outreach and Recovery (RPOR) and Christine McDonald, Founder of Christine’s Place. RPOR is an organization dedicated to ending sex trafficking and helping victims recover and heal. Christine’s Place will be a crisis response center for prostituted people from all backgrounds and races to seek resources and safety. Next, host Melvin Merritt will speak with James Hosi. James has personal experience with homelessness and he feels called to help members of our community who are lacking stable and appropriate housing.Listen
April 26, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host David Bell will interview Kansas City visual artist Harold Smith. Mr. Smith uses his talents to convey Black history through the arts.Listen
April 19, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
This edition of JoJR highlights a case that is so outlandish as to be almost unbelievable and very much a product of the excesses of the war on drugs. Charlie Graham was implicated by police as part of a drug ring when David Alexander, a man he rented to, used that property to manufacture Meth. An explosion killed Alexander and injured Michael Duncan, the recognized Drug King of KC. This eventually led an overzealous detective/DEA agent to harass unmercifully Charlie and his family in his quest to find the money belonging to the Drug King. Even though Michael Duncan testified that he and David Alexander acted alone and there was no evidence linking Charlie to the drug ring he was convicted in a trial whose outcome was obviously predetermined.
Join host Jeff Humfeld and guest host Ricky Kidd as they air interviews with Charlie Graham and his wife Robin about the harassment and attempts to frame Charlie for a crime he did not commit and how all of this turned tragic just as Charlie was about to see some relief.Listen
April 12, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Christopher Limber, Artistic Dir of Prison Performing Arts on Building Second Acts Through the Arts; Kristin Colangelo of National Union of the Homeless Talks of Myths of Homelessness
Christopher Limber, Artistic Director of Prison Performing Arts speaks with host Bev Livingston on building second Acts through the Arts; replay of 1-11-21 interview with Kristin Colangelo of National Union of the Homeless speaking on myths of homelessness.Listen