Up Close With Jean Peters Baker - The Jackson County Prosecutor
Jean Peters Baker
The Jackson County, Missouri prosecutor gives 435 a peek inside her life and shares what keeps her up at night, her perfect day and why she’s re-reading the classics.
- I’m most definitely a night owl, but have trained myself to get sleep where I can. Middle of the night phone calls are not uncommon so I try to be prepared for that 2:00 AM call – when you must put on your shoes and go.
- I can't leave home without my water bottle, cell phone, and in my car at all times is a crime scene bag with coat, gloves, & boots.
- My dream day would be spending the entire day outside engaged in any kind of physical activity, like a hike with my family, biking or taking a run. Being outdoors is my favorite thing to do as a family.
- The last thing I binged watched was The Frankenstein Chronicles. I’m hoping for a Season 3.
- I’m not great at eating lunch regularly, but it was my New Year’s resolution to eat lunch every day. A peanut butter sandwich on the go is a pretty good lunch for me.
- People always ask me what is the biggest case I’ve prosecuted I would say the State v. Terry Blair was the one that received the most media attention but “biggest” cases for me are those that included child abuse victims.
- The thing(s) that keeps me up at night are crime; victims and how they are doing; my teenager; everyone else’s teenagers
- I don’t have a favorite restaurant as I don’t really have a favorite type of food – but I recently discovered Brady’s Public House on Troost and would highly recommend checking it out.
- The last book I read was “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, I formed a book club to read some of the classics again and keep our discussion about anything else but politics. I needed the outlet and found some amazing women to join with me.
- My office “must haves” are a quilt from my hometown of Frankenstein, Missouri and the #39 ballot box.
By the Numbers
1,500 - Cases prosecuted
20 - Years practicing law
7,000 – Number of criminal charges filed every year by the Jackson County Prosecutors office