Judges, politicians at MCC-Penn Valley talk about ‘Just Mercy’


Here are some photos from the “Just Mercy” Common Read Convention April 22 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. Click any picture to see it larger.

Jolie Justus discusses the state of juvenile sentencing in Missouri.
Steven Maynard-Moody discusses “Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship.”
Panel discussion on Race, Criminal Justice, and the Death Penalty. Moderator: MCC-Penn Valley paralegal instructor Sandy Wells. Panel speakers (from left): Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd, Division 6 Circuit Court Judge Dale Youngs, Federal Public Defender Carrie Allen, Kansas City Municipal Court Presiding Judge Ardie Bland.
Glen North talks “Rap, Race, and Society”



















Original story from April 21, 2016:

just mercySeveral local notable judges and politicians will discuss “Just Mercy” at a program Friday, April 22, on the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus.

The event is tied to the campus’ Common Read book this year, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, who as a young lawyer represented poor clients in the South and went on to co-found the Equal Justice Initiative.

“Our goal with the Common Read program is to make literacy a part of our students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom.  When so many students read the same book, it creates a shared background to discuss the book and its themes,” says Michael Korklan, MCC-Penn Valley Reference Librarian.

Through the school year, MCC has hosted several presentations in conjunction with the conversation, with topics that have ranged from faith and the death penalty to how prison and society are reflected in rap music, as well as to the history and evolution of the ways in which people have been executed.

Now, MCC is bringing in experts from judicial and legislative circles to round out the discussion.

The MCC-Penn Valley Common Read Convention will be held in PVEC019, starting at 9 a.m. The convention is made up of 50 minute events, which will begin on the hour.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9 a.m. – Jolie Justice: Juvenile Sentencing in Missouri
  • 10 a.m. – Steven Maynard-Moody: Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship
  • 11 a.m. – Panel Discussion: Race, Criminal Justice, and the Death Penalty
    • Moderator: MCC-Penn Valley Paralegal Instructor Sandy Wells
    • Panel Speakers:
      • Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd
      • Federal Public Defender Carrie Allen
      • Division 6 Circuit Court Judge Dale Youngs
      • Kansas City Municipal Court Presiding Judge Ardie Bland
  • Noon – Lunch will be served, with a screening of Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk
  • 1 p.m. – Glen North: Rap, Race, and Society
  • 2 p.m. – Rickey Peters: Connections to Success: Felon Reintegration in Kansas City

We hope to see you there!