• 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

  • Public Enemy: Flint, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play: A remarkable artistic event

    Written, directed and produced by Purni Morell, based on An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen A remarkable cultural event took place last week in the devastated city of Flint, Michigan, whose 100,000 inhabitants have been systematically poisoned with dangerous amounts of lead and other deadly contaminants. Actors from across the

  • Short ‘For Flint’ takes different angle on water crisis

    From his home in Brooklyn, New York, Brian Schulz was watching coverage of the Flint water crisis on the news and couldn’t believe what he was seeing. So he did something about it. The documentary filmmaker came to Flint to see what was happening for himself. He decided to make

  • The Trump administration just handed the private prison industry an enormous gift

    On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Justice officially rescinded its policy barring the use of private prisons—an order that had been put in place by the Obama administration last year. A memo sent by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that the August 2016 order to end the DOJ’s use of private prisons,

  • Mass incarceration and children’s outcomes

    Executive summary As many as one in ten African American students has an incarcerated parent. One in four has a parent who is or has been incarcerated. The discriminatory incarceration of African American parents is an important cause of their children’s lowered performance, especially in schools where the trauma of

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

    AA 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