• County pays $520,000 to settle excessive force, false imprisonment lawsuit

    FLINT, MI – Genesee County has agreed to pay $520,000 to settle a lawsuit over a woman’s claim she was illegally arrested, searched and beaten by Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies after she came to pick up a friend from the county jail in 2011. Kimberly Wheeler alleged in her lawsuit

  • Non Profit is remodeling house to give men just out of prison a fresh start

    Flint, Mich. (WSMH) — An old duplex on Parkway Street on Flint’s north side is getting a complete remodel thanks to the MADE Institute. The group is a registered non-profit who helps men transition from a life behind bars, to a free man in the community. The home will soon

  • Vote of Confidence: Ex-offenders play key role in university’s research

    Shayne Hodges first landed work at a pizzeria when he left prison in 2007. Owned by a friend, the shop gave Hodges a meager, but steady, income as a delivery driver, until it closed a year or so later. Convicted at 21, he found himself “bouncing around” retail jobs, always

  • Black and Muslim prisoners suffer worse treatment, study finds

    Black and Muslim offenders are more likely to be badly treated in prison, leading to poorer outcomes and mental health concerns, research has found. The Runnymede Trust, a race equality thinktank, and the University of Greenwich investigated the treatment of male black and minority ethnic (BAME) prisoners, surveying over 340

  • Ex-con helps other former inmates get a second chance at life

    FLINT — Leon El-Alamin isn’t shy about his past. He’s a convicted felon who served seven years in prison for dealing drugs and weapons charges. “My father wasn’t around, and I just got addicted to the streets,” said El-Alamin. After moving back home to Flint after he was released, the

  • Ex-offenders have it M.A.D.E.: Local leaders build returning citizen support

    He went down in a hail of gunfire. At 21, Leon Wilson’s life as a flashy drug dealer and partier, who’d just bought champagne from a Saginaw Street market, appeared near its end. He bled from his head and back, wounded by masked men in a drive-by. Two weeks later

  • MADE Hope House

    Help us raise money for the MADE Hope House, a transitional house in Flint dedicated to helping Muslim converts from prison. Help support ex-offender Muslim converts re-entry into society through the Community Residential Reentry Program or EPIK (Empowering People through Innovation and Knowledge), a program providing short/medium-term housing, employment readiness

  • Youth in the system: Why juvenile justice needs reform

    “Commit an adult crime, do adult time.” It sounds logical and even just, but it has produced many unintended and devastating consequences. Namely, a juvenile justice system that has harmed far more people than it has helped. And at enormous cost to society—both economically and through its failure to provide

  • North Flint home could help give second chance to parolees

    FLINT, MI – Leon El-Alamin grew up two blocks from the home at 605 E. Parkway Ave. on Flint’s north side. Now, El-Alamin is hoping the two-story home, which has sat vacant for years, will help give convicted felons a second chance. El-Alamin knows the value of a second chance

  • Inmate Stock-Picker Called ‘Oracle of San Quentin’

    Man serving 54-years-to-life for murder has uncanny ability with investing. A MarketWatch (Wall Street Journal) article about an inmate at California’s San Quentin prison bears similarities with lead character Andy Dufresne in the Stephen King novella, “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” and the hit movie the “The Shawshank Redemption.” The Wall Street Journal says 35-year-old Curtis Carroll, who is African American and