Penn Valley’s Criminal Justice Association Takes Issues Straight to Airwaves

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 marked the significant beginning of MCC students taking community issues to an exciting new level.

Working in collaboration with M.C. Richardson of KKFI 90.1 FM Community Radio, students from MCC – Penn Valley’s criminal justice association took time to discuss issues related directly to their coursework.

The topic at hand: Pros and Cons Related to the Construction of a Regional Crime Lab and Police Station for the Kansas City Police Department’s East Patrol division.

Students were joined by both Mr. Richardson – who moderated the discussion and criminal justice instructor, Dr. Karen Curls – whose primary purpose was to observe and interject on behalf of her students when necessary.

While many co-aligning economic, labor and social issues were at play concerning the topic at hand, Dr. Curls stressed the importance of students keeping the focus of their arguments on criminology before the live segment aired Saturday evening.

At least two additional radio appearances are scheduled for the fall. Listeners are encouraged to tune in from 5 – 6 p.m. on Nov. 3, when the club discusses voting rights for convicted felons and again on Dec. 1, when the club discusses a toy drive for the children of incarcerated mothers.

For more information regarding the criminal justice association or their upcoming radio appearances, please contact Dr. Karen Curls at