12 OG’s Who Are Changing The Streets of California

At the height of gang activity in the 1990s, Southern California averaged more than 1,000 gang related homicides every year. The state of California’s answer to the violence was to arrest and incarcerate. But data soon showed that locking people up did little to stop gang membership, if anything it encouraged it. That’s when a new grassroots approach to stop the violence emerged and it quickly became clear that the only way to end gang and gun related violence is with the help of those who understand it.