• Flint NAACP to honor El-Alamin

    FLINT, Mich. — The Flint Branch-NAACP will hold its 37th annual Freedom Fund Gala on Saturday, March 10 at the Genesys Banquet & Conference Center in Grand Blanc Township. “Steadfast and Immovable” is the 2018 theme and the organization will honor several community members who exemplify that theme with awards. Among the

  • More Women Are Being Imprisoned Than Ever Before

    n the 21st century, women are catching up to men in all kinds of ways—including one we shouldn’t be proud of. Worldwide, the gender gap is closing fast in an unfortunate social institution: prisons. Globally, women and girls are getting locked up at historic rates. While overall imprisonment rates have

  • When You’re in Prison No One Prepares You for Coming Home

    In my memories of prison, there are no colors. It was a dark, cold, and gray place. Incarceration, for me, was defined by deprivation — not just deprivation of freedom, opportunity, and safety, but deprivation of the senses. On the day of my release, I stepped off a bus at

  • Building Flint’s social enterprise and investment systems

    A Powers graduate, born and raised in Flint, Steve Wolbert is hard at work in a city close to his heart. After graduating from Michigan State back in 2005, Wolbert moved around for awhile before finally settling down back in Flint. It was in 2010, while brainstorming with a friend,

  • Anticipation building from the free screening of “For Flint” at the FlA

    It’s an eighteen-minute documentary that’s been earning rave reviews and awards worldwide. “For Flint” debuts tonight in the city that inspired it, with a free screening at the FIA. “We couldn’t be happier to be at the Flint Institute of Arts It’s an amazing opportunity for the film to show

  • 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