Father Gregory Boyle at Christmas

Father Gregory Boyle turned a vacant bakery into “Homeboy Industries”, the largest and most successful gang intervention program in America.

Boyle, a Jesuit priest and native of Los Angeles, talks with NBC 4's Conan Nolan about who he helps, why he does it and how law enforcement has improved in their handling of gang issues in his native city.

The interview takes place in a darkened room upstairs from the Homeboy restaurant.

It was the only space they had. All the others were being used by former or current gang members who had made the choice to learn a trade, get an education and start a new life.

The interview, set to run on Christmas Day, offers insight from a man widely believed to have helped give new life to thousands of those in the shadows of life.

[UPDATE] Watch full interview here.

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