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Southern California has a long and troubled history when it comes to policing. I explore a continuing disconnect between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, look at when reforms have worked and where and why tensions remain. I'm always examining whether justice is being served.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
As part of KPCC's coverage of the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, Frank Stoltze spoke with two Iraqis living in Southern California. They talked about how the violence overseas is affecting them.
Over the past three decades, California has quadrupled its incarceration rate. More than 500 out of every 100,000 residents are locked up in prison. Most will get out; and most will commit new crimes or parole violations and end up back in. California provides few rehabilitation services, but others have filled the vacuum. In the final part of our five-part series on prisoner reentry, KPCC's Frank Stoltze looks at who is doing some of the heavy lifting when it comes to rehabilitating criminals. (This series was produced by Frank Stoltze as part of a fellowship with USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism.)
Governor Schwarzenegger wants to release 22,000 state prisoners early to help reduce a budget deficit in the billions of dollars. Already, 120,000 prisoners are scheduled for release this year. Few will get much help coming out and seven in ten will go back. In part four of our five-part series on prisoner reentry, KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on the politics of rehabilitating prisoners. (This series was produced by Frank Stoltze as part of a fellowship with USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism.)
This week, KPCC is examining how the state of California helps people reenter society after prison. Governor Schwarzenegger wants to reduce a big budget shortfall by releasing 22,000 inmates early. Right now, most ex-offenders end up back behind bars. In part three of our five-part series, KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on efforts to change that. (This series was produced by Frank Stoltze as part of a fellowship with USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism)
This week, KPCC is considering the situation of prison inmates who return home. Each year, 60,000 men and women are paroled to the Los Angeles region. Parole agents help them re-enter society and stay out of trouble. Often, it's a bigger job than those agents can handle by themselves. In part two of our five-part series, KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports what's prompted calls for reform. (This series was produced by Frank Stoltze as part of a fellowship with USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism)
There's an ongoing debate over what to do with California's growing prison population, and how to best deal with former prisoners reentering society. This week, we consider the options for ex-offenders as they transition back into society. In the first of a five-part series, KPCC's Frank Stoltze tracks the story of parolee Jason Henley. (This series was produced by Frank Stoltze as part of a fellowship with USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism.)
Governor Schwarzenegger today signed an executive order creating a cabinet-level position devoted to encouraging volunteerism in the state. He called it the first of its kind in the country and an effort to harness California's "people power." KPCC's Frank Stoltze was at Cal State Northridge for the announcement.
African American civil rights organizations came under fire at a recent debate KPCC sponsored. The event, which took place during black history month, asked whether civil rights groups for African Americans are still relevant. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the question stirred emotions about the state of black communities and organizations across Southern California.
A state commission held a hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday on the death penalty. One of the issues they discussed was how prosecutors decide which defendants end up facing the possibility of capital punishment.
Thousands of people are expected to attend today's funeral for Los Angeles police officer Randy Simmons. Simmons was shot as he and other SWAT officers tried to rescue victims of a man who had barricaded himself inside a house in Winnetka last week. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on a 51-year-old man whom many saw as a hero.
Los Angeles County is considering closing all but one of its public health clinics and outsourcing the services. The clinics serve more than 400,000 residents. The proposal comes from Health Services Director Dr. Bruce Chernof, who says his department is $195 million in the red. Dean of City Hall reporters Marc Haefele tells KPCC's Frank Stoltze there are many reasons for the financial crunch.
African Americans in California overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in last week's presidential primary. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with one of them, 70-year-old Ramona Tolliver. She talked about her support for Obama and remembered when she first voted, a half century ago.
Investigators are trying to determine the motive behind the shooting deaths of four people in the San Fernando Valley Thursday, including a veteran LAPD SWAT officer. Police killed the gunman at the end of the overnight standoff at the man's home. Police have not released the names of the gunman or his victims. The SWAT officer was the first killed in the line of duty in the 41-year history of the elite unit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton overtook Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in Tuesday's California primary. KPCC's Frank Stoltze went to a Clinton campaign party in Burbank.
John McCain beat Mitt Romney in the California Republican primary on Super Tuesday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze went to a Hollywood nightclub where McCain's supporters were celebrating.