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Seg. 1: Parole & Probation System | Seg. 2: Funding Kansas City Arts

Segment 1: A career change introduced one man to the hidden flaws of the American justice system.

Jason Hardy's time as a parole and probation officer in Louisiana revealed a system that makes a prisoner's re-entry into society difficult. Today, he describes the misinterpreted freedom of being released from incarceration and the unfavorable working conditions for officers.

Segment 2, beginning at 31:37: Mayor Quinton Lucas' proposed budget would reduce funding to some Kansas City art programs.

Nonprofit arts make up the third-largest employee block in the Kansas City region, and they bring in more than $200 million in economic activity, said Branden Haralsen, communication manager for ArtsKC. Despite that, the latest budget proposals are more focused on fighting violent crime. Could bigger investments in arts and culture programs succeed in reducing violent crime? 

  • Branden Haralson, communications manager, engagement & public policy for ArtsKC
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