If you’re from Los Angeles, chances are you’ve seen countless news stories about gang violence and activity. One Jesuit priest, Father Gregory Boyle, has devoted decades of his life to gang intervention in Los Angeles, the so called “gang capitol of the world.” Father Boyle founded Homeboy Industries in 1986 to offer support, job training, tattoo removal, and rehabilitation to gang members around the greater Los Angeles area. Today, Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the country. In his new book, Tattoos on the Heart, Father Boyle offers first hand accounts of some of his interactions with “the homies” and “homegirls” and the lessons and miracles he’s encountered through the years.
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