• Former inmates encounter challenges

    FLINT, Mich. – André Wallace, 35, was 14 years old the first time he was locked up. The Flint man said the American dream felt out of reach. “America just wasn’t showing me, growing up, that there was a better life out there than what I was already experiencing. I didn’t see it coming from […]

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  • Organizations look for answers on reducing gun violence in Flint

    FLINT (WJRT) (5/13/2019) – There’s a call to action to build a safer future for one major mid-Michigan city. Several organizers are working tonight to reduce gun violence in Flint. They are looking at ways the community can take steps forward to stop another senseless death. “So, it is almost like the norm, which isn’t okay,” […]

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  • New Crime Strategy Unit works across borders to nab Genesee County’s ‘crime drivers’

    FLINT (WJRT) (5/14/2019) – Police in Genesee County are using a data-driven approach across municipal boundaries to map out crime and find the people responsible for them. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton is leading the effort to cut down on crime in all communities. He’s targeting and removing what he calls the “crime drivers.” “If we […]

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  • Flint’s M.A.D.E. Institute founder finds lessons in Nipsey Hussle tragedy.

    For a local man who now creates opportunities for people who have been incarcerated, west coast rapper Nipsey Hussle’s death hits home. “Never let what happened to him discourage you from doing this work. Even more so, you should want to do it even more,” said Leon EL-Alamin, founder and executive director of M.A.D.E. Institute. […]

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  • MADE Institute expands its proven rehabilitation programs.

    Homes mean hope for many formerly incarcerated men and women. The need for stable housing is always a priority for anyone recently released from prison, including those from Flint and Genesee County. Flint’s MADE Institute has expanded its mission to support returning citizens through job training, education and mentoring to include providing a safe place […]

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  • M.A.D.E. Institute Opportunity for Everyone

    In 2010, Leon Abdullah El-Alamin and Timothy Abdul-Matin began the transition back to society after spending several years in prison. They came back to Flint with a new outlook on life. “I realized, during my incarceration, just how much damage my early lifestyle did on the community, my family, friends and myself,” says El-Alamin. “In […]

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  • Former inmates encounter challenges.

    FLINT, Mich. – André Wallace, 35, was 14 years old the first time he was locked up. The Flint man said the American dream felt out of reach. “America just wasn’t showing me, growing up, that there was a better life out there than what I was already experiencing. I didn’t see it coming from […]

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  • Genusee getting ready for first order of glasses made from water bottles.

    Genusee, which was featured on ABC World News Tonight in May, has set up shop in Flint to manufacture the eyeglasses with hopes of growing more in the future. The company is the vision of Ali Rose VanOverbeke. Her dream of producing glasses made in Flint from the same water bottles used to save people […]

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  • Safe & Just Michigan’s Annual Meeting focuses on moving hearts and minds

    Solving the problem of how to get more people to get on board with criminal justice reform was the theme of the night at Safe & Just Michigan’s Annual Membership Meeting and dinner, held Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. The event, attended by nearly 200 people, featured speakers Leon El-Alamin from […]

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  • Juvenile lifer may be paroled after getting new sentence

    FLINT, MI – A man sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1992 may be getting out of prison soon after he was resentenced Monday as part of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that deemed mandatory jail terms for juveniles unconstitutional. Eddie D. Spiller was 17 in 1992 when he had planned to commit […]

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