© 2021 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Kevin Strickland's hair could free him from prison

kansas_city_today_pod_cover.jpg

After spending 43 years in prison for a crime that prosecutors say he didn't commit, Kevin Strickland now has a shot at exoneration — based partly on the hairstyle in his booking photo. Plus, two Missouri lawmakers want to make sure that incarcerated mothers can still care for their newborns behind bars.

For months, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has agued that Kevin Strickland, a Black man from Kansas City, is innocent of the triple murder that put him behind bars in 1978. His fate currently rests in the hands of a judge. But as KCUR's Luke Martin reports, one retired judge says more African American representation in the criminal legal system could have kept Strickland out of prison in the first place.

For both mothers and their newborns, the bonding experience is an important one. But when the mother is incarcerated, their baby is often ushered away shortly after birth, and likely to end up in the foster care system. In a conversation with Steve Kraske on Up To Date, Missouri state Rep. Bruce DeGroot makes the case for nurseries in prisons.

Contact the show at news@kcur.org. Follow KCUR on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news.

Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love and edited by Gabe Rosenberg & Lisa Rodriguez

You can support Kansas City Today by becoming a KCUR member: kcur.org/donate

As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.