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28 Jun

Some Michiganders with a criminal record are one step closer to a ‘clean slate’ as legislation picks up momentum

FLINT (WJRT) – (06/25/20) – The Michigan legislature is making progress toward criminal justice reform with a set of expungement bills known as ‘Clean Slate’ legislation. The package, including HB 4980–4985, was voted out of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Wednesday following testimony from Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. “We also lose millions in tax revenue […]

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19 Jun

Rayshard Brooks opened up about the struggles of life after incarceration in an interview before his death

(CNN)”You get treated like an animal.” Those were the words of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks who was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer this month. Brooks spoke those words in February, just a few months before his death, during an interview he gave to a company called Reconnect, which focuses on fighting incarceration. The company […]

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19 Jun

Returning citizens program gets critical infusion of support

Returning home can be a bumpy process for many returning citizens. Too often times they come home to homelessness and face elevated employment, health and mental health challenges, according to M.A.D.E. Institute’s Executive Director Leon El-Alamin. Homes mean hope for many formerly incarcerated men and women “When basic needs like housing aren’t met, individuals are at […]

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19 Jun

Consumers Energy Foundation gives money to support social justice and racial equality

JACKSON, Mich. – Consumers Energy Foundation is providing $100,000 ti support Black Lives Matter movement, fight racism, shape systemic change and create opportunities in Michigan. The company says the money is apart of their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more SEND US SOMETHING GOOD! Consumers Energy says this move in part because of […]

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4 Mar

Ex-felon hopes Berston Field House vandals make the most of second chance

“We’re going to actively pursue whomever is responsible and we’re going to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” Bryant Nolden said Sunday. The Genesee County Commissioner and Friends of Berston Executive Director has repeated that statement in several ways over the last several days. But, after five young people came forward and […]

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10 Feb

Filling the labor pool by helping residents clear hurdles to employment

Everybody deserves a second chance – or, depending on their circumstances, simply an initial opportunity. That’s the guiding philosophy of a variety of organizations in Genesee County whose mission is to assist people with overcoming barriers to employment. And, while leaders of the operations say they’ve always prided themselves on providing a societal service by helping […]

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11 Oct

Social Impact Fund

Health doesn’t begin at the doctor’s office. When people don’t have stable homes, nutritious food, good schools or clean air and water, their health suffers. The differences among neighborhoods can be dramatic: The life expectancy of two people living just a few miles apart can differ by as much as 20 years. The American Heart […]

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13 Apr

Leon’s journey: From drug dealer to community leader – Thrive Global

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