Please join us on Friday, June 21, 2019, 9 am, when Marcus Bullock, CEO of Flikshop, will be our guest on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant – The Voice of CT Criminal Justice. Live on WNHH 103.5 FM New Haven and live-streaming at Rebroadcast at 5 pm. Sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven – Now More Than Ever.

From Marcus: I launched one of the most impactful apps in the Apple App Store and Android Google Play stores…Flikshop.

Flikshop keeps families that suffer from incarceration connected. Our users can take a photo, add some quick text, and for $0.99 Flikshop prints the photo and text on a real tangible postcard and ships it directly to any person in any jail, prison, youth facility or immigration facility.

In 1996 I was arrested and faced LIFE in prison. I was 15 years old and ended up getting sentenced to serve 8 years in adult prisons throughout the State of Virginia.

Because of my experience, I learned how important mail is to the 2.3 million men and women in prison and ended up creating a business that helps keep each of them connected to their families. After the success of the Flikshop mobile app I went on to create the Flikshop School of Business to assist in building reentry eco-systems for men and women released from prison that center around entrepreneurship, coding, and mobile app development.

Our award-winning and program has won: 2015 Innovator of the Year (The Daily Record) and 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival Award (Booz Allen Hamilton).

I sit on the board of directors of Justice Policy Institute and the advisory board for The Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund.

My other specialties include team building and business development training.


I encourage you to watch my TEDx Talk “The Prison to Entrepreneurship Pipeline” to learn more about my journey:

Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy and Jeff Grant is broadcast live at 9 am (ET) on the first and third Friday of each month from Sept. to July, from the WNHH 103.5 FM studios in New Haven, live-streamed everywhere at It is also on live on Facebook Live (video) at It is rebroadcast on WNHH at 5 pm the same day. Find all of our shows archived on SoundCloud at…/…/criminal-justice-insider. An article about each show is published a few days later in the New Haven Independent (

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Guests this season:

Fri., Sept. 9: Kennard Ray, CT Unlock the Vote and Candidate for CT State Legislator
Fri., Sept. 21: Louis L. Reed, National Organizer for #Cut50
Fri., Oct. 5: Sue Gunderman & Beth Hines, CT Reentry Roundtables
Fri., Oct. 19: Venice Michalsen, Assoc. Professor of Justice Studies, Montclair State University
Fri., Nov. 16: Andrew Clark, Director of the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University
Fri., Dec. 7: Glenn E. Martin, Founder/Consultant of GEM Trainers and Past-President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA
Fri., Dec. 21: Fernando Muniz, CEO of Community Solutions, Inc., and community leader Rosa Correa.
Fri., Jan. 4: New Years Retrospective Show Looking Back at Past CJI Guests.
Fri. Jan. 18: Peter Henning, Law Prof. at Wayne State University and “White Collar Watch” columnist for the NY Times.
Fri., Feb. 1: Jeffrey Deskovic, CEO of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation who was Exonerated after Serving 16 Years in Prison
Fri., Feb. 15: Jeffrey Abramowitz, Executive Director for Reentry Services, JEVS Human Services, Philadelphia.
Fri., Mar. 1, Rollin Cook, CT Commissioner of Correction
Fri., Mar. 15: Khalil Cumberbatch, Chief Strategist for New Yorkers United for Justice
Fri., Apr. 5: John Rowland, Former CT Governor
Fri., Apr. 19: Gregg D. Caruso, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Corning & Co-Director of the Justice Without Retribution Network at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Fri., May 3: Michael Taylor, CEO of Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in the Greater New Haven area
Fri., May 17: Tarra Simmons, Esq., Attorney & Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, Washington State
Fri., June 7: Louis L. Reed, National Organizer for #Cut50, Part Deux!
Fri., June 21: Marcus Bullock, CEO of Flikshop

Sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven – Now More Than Ever.