Erasing the Past, Creating a Future, Part 2: The Law

The gang war that raged in the streets of Long Beach over two decades ago reads like something out of a Hollywood movie script. Cambodian and Latino gangs, entrenched in a turf war as bloody as it was brazen, forcing residents to seek refuge indoors when the sun set to avoid the flurry of bullets seeking revenge.

Erasing the Past, Creating a Future, Part 1: The Patient

As he laid in a flower bed with a police helicopter still circling overhead, Matthew was convinced that he had evaded the law. He’d led police officers on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen Toyota Camry that he eventually ditched. As he stared up at the sky, the certainty of freedom was tangible, until a neighbor spotted him. The only sure thing now was that he was headed back to prison.