• M.A.D.E Institute hoping to build female transitional house in Flint

    The communities that they may have once have destroyed, the individuals are now coming back to be a part of the rebuilding stage of it,” Leon El-Alamin said. He’s the creator and Executive Director of the M.A.D.E. Institute in Flint, an organization that helps transition people from prison back into

  • Life after near death:

    Life after near death: Drug dealer to paralegal FLINT, Mich. – Artist Relford, 43, is the right side of the law. He is a paralegal, author, motivational speaker, and caterer. The lifestyle of the Flint native is worlds away from his troubled youth and early adulthood. “I probably could have

  • Formerly incarcerated man appointed to state commission

    by: Ashley Graham Posted: May 26, 2019 / 10:36 PM EDT / Updated: May 26, 2019 / 10:36 PM EDT This is a full-circle moment for Hakim Crampton. He’s spent more than a decade living and working in the same community he grew up in before he was imprisoned in the 1990s. And now

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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