Shawn Richard is pacing the polished floor of a fluorescent-lit room in the basement of City Hall, about to address a group of people who, in all statistical likelihood, will be murdered. All of them are black men between the ages of 18 and 25 who live in inner-city neighborhoods. This demographic, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will find homicide as its most likely end. That likelihood is even stronger among the men in this room. Most of these young men are considered by beat cops and neighbors to be "shot callers" -- i.e., the people who make the decisions -- in areas torn apart by the most notorious gangs in southeast San Francisco: Double Rock, Big... More >>>
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Jason Williams, a Redirect graduate, currently works
for the Department of Public Works.