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Willie Knighten Jr., is greeted by family member Rachelle Roy on Hamilton Street in Toledo after being released from prison, Tuesday, November, 24, 2009. Knighten was once the undisputed gang leader of the south side Folks.

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Willie Knighten, Jr., reputed leader of the Folks gang in Toledo, shown November 3, 1994.

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Willie Knighten is buzzed in to the meeting room at the Correctional Treatment Facility to teach his class called "TYRO DAD" to select inmates at the facility. The 10 week class meets every wednesday for two hours.

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Willie Knighten, the once undisputed leader of the south side Folk, greets inmates from the Correctional Treatment Facility as they come in for his class called "TYRO DAD."

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Willie Knighten applauds some of the ideas being discussed in his class.

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Willie Knighten teaches his class.

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"Maniac," a member of the Lil Heads, participates in an activity in front of Knighten's class.

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