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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
Nicola Hanna wouldn't say whether he'll prosecute marijuana distributors after Obama-era restrictions on enforcing federal pot laws were lifted.
While noting "a new day in law enforcement," the department says it's not planning to deploy additional officers to enforce new cannabis rules.
L.A. County's sheriff is convicted of corruption, the city of L.A. lifts injunctions against thousands of gang members, the state restricts law enforcement cooperation with ICE, and more.
California has the most restrictive police records laws in the nation — and it's because of something called the "Pitchess process."
It’s been nearly 30 years since a grand jury was convened to look at a potential problem with L.A.'s criminal justice system. Prominent attorney Charles Linder says it's time for another.
Governor Brown is expected to ask for millions of dollars to improve emergency alert systems throughout the state, which are mostly controlled by local authorities.
The LAPD launched its program in 2016 and its officers have contacted thousands of homeless people. But its unclear how many actually received help.
A UCLA study shows defendants and their families paid out nearly $200 million in non-refundable fees to bail agents over a five year period to get out of jail.
Undercover officers were on a stakeout investigating a series of robberies in the San Fernando Valley when they encountered the 37-year old suspect.
The department has fallen so far behind technologically that its communications center uses a 1980s-era analog radio dispatch system. A watchdog says a lack of data leads to bad policies.
Loyola Law School will launch a $1 million program to help 300 children caught in the juvenile justice system.
Frank O'Connell spent 27 years in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit. A judge freed him in 2012 because of improper conduct by sheriff's detectives.
Two community groups say the money for body cams could be better spent on other priorities. The ACLU supports using the cameras, under certain conditions.
Michael Mears was 39 and a Marine veteran. He suffered cardiac arrest and died two days after one officer stunned him six times with a Taser and others beat him.
The report by a leading criminal justice reform group says despite great strides in reducing the inmate population, California can do much more.