“There is an idea that has taken root in the world; it is at the root of all that is wrong with it and the idea would be this — that there just might be lives out there that matter less than other lives,” Boyle said. “So how do we stand against that idea?”
Homeboy Industries was hit hard by the recession. In May, Boyle announced he would lay off 330 employees because of a $5-million budget shortfall. He authored “Tattoos on the Heart” partly to provide a new revenue stream, Boyle said.
But while the financial success of Homeboy Industries is important, even more important are the therapeutic opportunities that Homeboy Industries businesses provide for employees, Boyle said.