December 15, 2010
Why do some teens feel so hopeless that they’ll risk their lives by turning to gangs and drugs? Dr. Phil and Father Greg Boyle, executive director of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart, discuss strategies to help troubled kids overcome their darkest demons.
Fighting for Her Son
April says her 14-year-old son, Isaac, is a drug dealer, a member of the Bloods street gang and is obsessed with knives and guns. She says the teen missed 119 days of school since August, and April found a shotgun and a 9mm in his room along with a bag of cocaine. Isaac says he joined the gang because he was bored, but now he’s in it for the money.
Futures, Not Funerals
Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention and rehab facility in the country. Father Greg explains how communities can work together to prevent senseless violence. Plus, Dr. Phil talks to a grieving mom who says her 3-year-old son was killed in a drive-by shooting.
A Changed Man?
Corbin, 21, was just released from jail last week and says he’s no longer in a gang, but his mother, Lissa, says it’s only a matter of time before he’s back in jail or dead.
A True Champion
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson says he’s no stranger to gang activity. He says he grew up on the streets and used to sell drugs. Learn how he turned his life around to become a former UFC light-heavyweight Champion and one of the stars of the movie, The A-Team.
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
by Gregory Boyle