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LA gangster-turned-bail bondsman tells story

Carlos Zamora turned down a offer to join the Mexican Mafia prison gang because he wanted to be there for his family, including his son Jonathan.
Carlos Zamora turned down a offer to join the Mexican Mafia prison gang because he wanted to be there for his family, including his son Jonathan.
Frank Stoltze/KPCC

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As Los Angeles searches for a new police chief, crime stands at historic lows in the city. But some neighborhoods remain dangerous places. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with one man near the 77th Street Police Station about the challenges of living in South L.A. Carlos Zamora left the gang life long ago, but he still faces peril when he navigates the streets.