Ice Cube will introduce each episode, which features a different reformed gang member, drug dealer or criminal, who takes on the responsiblity of rehabilitating another person with similiar circumstances.
"One of the most powerful elements in the show is the personal connection of the two subjects." People who are still in thrall to drugs or violence are more apt to respond to someone who has walked in their shoes," Co-executive producer Rob Sharenow told Variety.
A&E currently reaches over 91 million homes. The network hopes Good in the Hood will help the network continue to capture a younger demographic.
Last year, shows like Dog the Bounty Hunter, Intervention and reruns of The Sopranos helped improve A&E's viewing audience by 4% among adults 25-54, 13% among adults 18-49 and 24% among adults 18-34.
"This show is a way to demonstrate what is going on in a positive way in the urban community," Ice Cube said in a statement.
Good in the Hood is Ice Cube's latest foary into reality television.
In 2005, the rapper rapper/actor/filmmaker teamed with R.J. Cutler and produced the series Black.White, which was broadcast on FX and featured a white family and a black family sharing a home in the San Fernando Valley.