CHAPTER 2

Homeboy Industries: Stopping Bullets with Jobs

R. Duncan, M. Pelly, and Stephen J.J. McGuire

Restoring Dignity of Former Convicts and Gang Members: Challenges and Opportunities

Ramon “Monxi” Flores was sitting in Father Boyle’s office when Carlos came through the door. Carlos was 24, had recently been released from Corcoran State prison after serving a 10-year sentence (Exhibit 2.1). He had a shaved head and was covered in tattoos, including two prominent devil horns on his forehead. He was having a hard time finding a job; he had never had a job before. Father Boyle understood why he might not necessarily get hired right away and gave him an opportunity to work in the Homeboy Silkscreen division. The day after Carlos had started the ...

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