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OUR MISSION

The Criminal Justice Task Force is a grass roots movement of citizens concerned about our Criminal Justice System. 

Our mission is to lobby the Missouri State Legislature for sentencing laws that are fair and humane. 
We believe that all Americans deserve basic human rights, including protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and that begins with fair sentencing structure.

History of Kansas City Criminal Justice Task Force

  
     After making many calls to the Death Penalty office for help on LWOP sentences,
     we decided to reach out to families of the incarcerated and we formed a support  
     group.  
 

    2001
We started out meeting at Redemption Catholic Church in mid-town. 
              With all the sad stories we were hearing from family members we decided 
              we needed to be more then just a support group, we needed to show folks
              how to help themselves.


   2002 - We moved to a church in Independence and went to work changing legislation 
              making it our main goal.


    2003–  As our group grew we moved to The Church of the Good Shepherd in Kansas  
              City North
where we currently meet the 1st Monday of every month. We remain not only
                  a support group for families of the incarcerated, but a working group for:
                  Long Term Sentencing & Life w/o Parole legislation.
 
   Mid 2003 - Satellite group started in Jeff City.

  
2007 - Satellite group started in Northeast KC at the Buford Library.     
 
        OUR WORK WITH OUR STATE REPS
2004            Debbie Reuscher & Sara Boyd met with many of the State Reps
2005/2006   Rep. Jenee Lowe sponsored HB 1618
2007/2008   Rep. Mike Talboy sponsored HB 1778
2/26/2008    20 KCCJTF members went to Jeff. City for a hearing on HB 1778 (12 testified)
2009             Rep. Mike Talboy sponsored HB 588
2010             Rep. John Burnett sponsored HB 1757
2011             Rep. Mike McGhee sponsored HB 650
2012             Rep. Mike McGhee sponsor HB 1067 & was pre-filed 12/13/11
2013             Rep. Penny Hubbard sponsor HB 419  filed  2/4/13 hearing schedules 2/25/13
2013             Sen. Shalonn "KiKi" Curls sponsor SB 389 assigned to committee 2/28/13 
 
LOBBY DAY TRIPS TO JEFF CITY
2004      1st hearing for HB with Jenee Lowe as sponsor
2/26/08  12 Testified at hearing for HB 1778
2009       Lobby Day  For HB 588  
2010       Lobby Day  For HB 1757
3/2/2011 Lobby Day  For HB 650  along side with MASW Jeff City Chapter
2/25/13   5 Testified at hearing for HB 419 
3/13/13   Lobby Day  For HB 419 & SB 389 joining MASW & MOCURE
 
PAST GUEST SPEAKERS
Dennis Fritz
Darryl Burton
Eric Wasson
Jeffrey Francis
Charles Fletcher  
James Boyd
Danny Rohwer & his wife Denise
Gregory Oliver & his wife Bonnie
Elisa Breitenbach
Jim Stoufer - Ran for Rep Jerry Nolte's District
 
 
ALLIED GROUPS & PAST SPEAKERS
Beyond The Conviction - Employment empowerment resource for ex offenders
F.A.I R.  (Families Against Undetermined Sentencing) - Helena Law
Consolidated Services- Ester Holzendorf
M.I.D.S  (Mothers of Incarcerated Sons & Daughters) - Arith "Sunshine" Smith
MOCURE - (Missouri Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants)
MASW - (Missouri Association for Social Welfare) Kansas City Chapter
MASW - Jefferson City Chapter
MADP -Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
KKFI Radio 90.1 FM - Jaws of Justice Program
 

REPS WHO WERE GUEST SPEAKERS 
Sen. Jolie Justus
Rep. Trent Skaggs
Rep. John Burnett 
Rep. Jenee Lowe
Rep. Mike Talboy
Rep. Mike McGhee
Rep. Brandon Ellington
 
INVOLVED WITH CAMPAIGNS FOR:
John Bullard
Terry Stone 
Mike Mc Ghee
 
Involved with KKFI 90.1 FM
In 2009 we met with radio personnel and were involved in the early stages of the creation of the radio show program known as
" Jaws of Justice"
Volunteer for KKFI's Programming Fundraiser Drives
 
KCCJTF Events 
  Dec. 2010 –“Incarceration Cost & Outcome “
Guest Speakers - Darryl Burton & Rep. Mike McGhee
 
Jan. 5th 2012 -  Speaker Director of the MODOC,
          Mr. George Lombardi  
 

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