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Frank Stoltze is an award-winning correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC.

Frank reports on racial bias, community policing, gangs, the use of force, technology, and generally what works and what doesn’t at law enforcement agencies in the region.

Over more than two decades in Southern California, Frank has covered L.A. City Hall, national political conventions and all manner of breaking news – from the Rodney King riots to wildfires, earthquakes and the death of Michael Jackson. His awards include Golden Mikes for coverage of Skid Row and a documentary on the historic recall of California Governor Gray Davis.

Frank was named a Distinguished Journalist by the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists and was twice awarded Radio Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center on Media, Crime and Justice and USC’s Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Frank first reported for radio in San Luis Obispo, covering the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, The Takeaway and The California Report. Frank is based at KPCC’s downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.

Stories by Frank Stoltze

Prison spending rises, even as inmate population plummets

A new study by the Public Policy Institute of California found that even as the state's prison population has dropped dramatically, spending on corrections went up.

Critics say overhaul of LA jails falls short

Attorneys representing former L.A. County jail inmates who are mentally ill argue landmark federal reforms fall short, failing to help people as they exit county jails.

'Rare' police helicopter shooting raises questions

Police officials say it's tricky shooting at a moving car from the air, as a San Bernardino Sheriff's deputy did Friday. The still unidentified man died.

Deputies shoot carjacker after restaurant standoff in Downey

LA County Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a carjacking suspect who led authorities on a chase, then took hostages inside Chris & Pitts barbecue in Downey.

Jail suicide results in $1.6M settlement with LA County

Austin Losorelli was the son of an LAPD Lieutenant, who had been advised by a Sheriff's official that his mentally ill child would be safer behind bars.

Ezell Ford protest briefly shuts LA Police Commission meeting

A loud protest by Black Lives Matter inside a meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday prompted the LAPD to declare an unlawful assembly.

LA Sheriff announces reforms protecting mentally ill inmates

L.A.'s Sheriff's Department released details Wednesday on new federal oversight of new protocols for the treatment of mentally ill inmates in its jails.

Profile: low key Decker becomes high profile US Attorney

Eileen Decker will oversee criminal cases for the US government across seven California counties, making her one of the most powerful prosecutors in the country.

Family of Skid Row man fatally shot by LAPD to file $20M lawsuit

The fatal LAPD shooting of Charly "Africa" Keunang in March sparked angry protests and comparisons to the shooting of other unarmed black men across the country.

Source: LA Sheriff agrees to new reforms at jails, settles DOJ lawsuit

The settlement agreement seeks to address longstanding problems at Los Angeles County jails.

Unarmed homeless man shot by LA police had meth, pot in system

Caught on video by a bystander, the shooting of Charly Keunang was viewed by millions and sparked angry protests outside police headquarters in L.A. See his autopsy here.

LA Sheriff against subpoena power for civilian overseers

Activists say subpoena power is the only thing that will give a new civilian panel teeth to effectively watchdog the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Commission demands more teeth for Sheriff's Dept watchdog

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to create the commission in the wake of a series of jail beatings and other scandals that prompted an FBI investigation and numerous indictments.

Police arrest man with loaded gun in car outside Biden event

Police arrested a man after a gun was found under his passenger seat outside a North Hollywood venue hosting Vice President Joe Biden.

New residents, homeless 'attract predators' to downtown LA

The LAPD's Central Division saw one of the biggest increases in crime, and officers downtown say a "target rich" environment has brought more criminals to the area.