Kansas City Skeptical About Upcoming 'Alternatives To Incarceration' Commish

A nice note today reminds us that KCMO is working diligently to thwart the "prison industrial complex" even amid a historic homicide spike. 

TKC readers warn: 

"Alternatives To Incarceration Meeting . . . Oh boy! It's worked so well in every other city..."

That's a fair assessment but maybe KCMO has the secret sauce that can crack the code against oppression. 

Fun fact . . . KC has better fish tacos than most other places in the U.S. and most people don't even know to ask for them. 

Accordingly . . . 

Here's a more hopeful assessment . . .

In announcing the commission, Lucas said the review is part of the city’s overall work to make the community “safe for everyone,” and a recognition that “jail time is not always the best, most effective response for every person who commits non-violent crimes.”

“Alternatives to jail, including rehabilitative services for substance abuse or mental health issues, can help confront the root causes of crime and prevent more crimes,” Lucas said, adding that doing so can also reduce the city’s recidivism rate. “I am proud to appoint the Alternatives of Incarceration Commission, which will help us find ways to give opportunities to help everyone thrive and live healthier and more successful lives.”

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

10 members appointed to new Kansas City, Missouri, commission on incarceration alternatives

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Friday he has appointed 10 members to the newly created Alternatives to Incarceration Commission.