Frank Stoltze Correspondent
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
Police officers who were among the first to arrive to the Inland Regional Center described a "surreal" scene. "It was terrible," one said.
Two death penalty measures may end up on what's expected to be a crowded ballot next November. Voters last took up capital punishment in 2012.
Civil rights lawyers representing mentally ill former inmates say many of them end up homeless and back in jail within weeks or months.
Officer Ricardo Galvez was fatally shot at about 11 p.m. Wednesday in an apparent "botched robbery." Three suspects, including one juvenile, are in custody.
Five attackers may have been killed and more than 120 victims may have died in six deadly incidents in Paris, according to the city's prosecutor.
Police union leaders warn Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck's effort to encourage less use of force could lead to officer deaths.
Police in Los Angeles County fatally shoot black people at triple their proportion in the population, an analysis by KPCC has found.
Law enforcement agencies aren't required to report data on police shootings, and few do.
One in four people shot by officers in L.A. County between 2010 and 2015 was unarmed, and only one LAPD officer during that time was fired for violating policy.
Most officers will go their entire career without shooting at anyone. Among the shootings that took place during the five years KPCC reviewed, many involved life-saving acts of bravery.
The officers exited the vehicle and shot a suspect, who died at the scene. Police have yet to determine what broke the window, and no firearm was recovered.
The move comes amid a national outcry over police shootings, and officials hope equipping officers with the weapons will reduce the probability of lethal force.
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.
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.
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.