It’s time to address the role of returning citizens in today’s world.
“I just felt like being a hustler was the only thing I knew how to do.” Leon El-Alamin understands how and why so many returning citizens find themselves trapped in a cycle that lands them repeatedly in jail. And he’s dedicated to helping break that cycle.
Leon El-Amin had a rough beginning, growing up in an environment riddled with drugs, gangs and crime. As a young man, he became a part of it all. Now, as a returning citizen, and as a Genesee Health System Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Recovery Coach, he offers unique insight on how young people, and former inmates can get – and stay – on the right track.
Recent events have brought attention to the subject of incarceration in America, and highlighted the need for change. 76% of all inmates end up back in jail within five years. More than anything, investing in returning citizens – who can come back and make their own contribution, like Leon El-Alamin – has personal and community benefits.
Now Leon El-Alamin, founder of M.A.D.E. Institute, and Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement at Washtenaw Sheriff, share what they’re doing to help former inmates reintegrate into society, and avoid recidivism.