Frank Stoltze


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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

LA Sheriff, supes square off in court tomorrow

This story aired on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

LA County still has work to do to provide adequate care to mentally ill inmates

A federal monitor says L.A. County still faces "significant challenges" in providing adequate care to its more than 5,000 mentally ill jail inmates.

LA Sheriff says he's on track to more than double the number of new recruits

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the department is on track to more than double the number of new recruits this year.

Some on oversight panel question impact of LA sheriff's plan to kick ICE out of the jails

Some members of the L.A. Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission are calling Sheriff Alex Villanueva's policy of kicking ICE out of the jails nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

LA supes vote to replace Men's Central Jail with psychiatric hospital

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to tear down the dilapidated Men's Central Jail - but the board abandoned a plan to replace it with a jail for people with mental health problems. Instead, the board voted to use the $2 billion budgeted for the project to build a psychiatric hospital, winning mixed reviews from advocates for the mentally ill.

Former Sheriff Baca one step closer to prison

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is one step closer to going to prison after a three-judge appeals panel rejected his appeal of his conviction on charges of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

LA supes to take up issue of what to do with Men's Central Jail

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday takes up one of the most pressing questions in the criminal justice system: What to do with the more than five-thousand mentally ill inmates in jail.

Oversight Commission presses Villanueva on deputy rehires

This story aired on Jan. 22, 2019.

Villanueva to kick ICE out of the jails, but transfers to ICE will continue

This story aired on Jan. 30, 2019.

LA supes poised to consider plan to replace Men's Central Jail with mental health jail

This story aired on Feb. 11, 2019.

Does Sheriff Villanueva want to change policy on handling jail inmates?

This story aired on Feb. 1, 2019.

Villanueva says he's cut the number of crimes that make inmates eligible for transfer to ICE

This story aired on Feb. 15, 2019.

Civil rights activist worried by increase in terminated LA Sheriff Dept. misconduct probes

Longtime L.A. civil rights activist and police reformer Connie Rice is concerned that the sharp increase in the number of internal misconduct investigations being short-circuited at the sheriff's department is a sign of a "rogue policing culture."

Under Villanueva, LA Sheriff's Department ending far more ongoing internal misconduct probes

The L.A. County inspector general issued a report citing a "sharp increase" in the number of ongoing administrative misconduct investigations cut short by Sheriff's Department officials in January and February.

Sheriff Villanueva revives station logo his predecessor had banned

Three years ago, L.A. Sheriff Jim McDonnell banned a logo used by the department's East L.A. station because he felt it was disrespectful to the community. New Sheriff Alex Villanueva has revived the logo and it's once again displayed prominently at the station.