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James Queally

James Queally writes about crime and policing in Southern California for the Los Angeles Times. A part of the team of reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2015 terror attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Queally has written extensively about violence, police pursuits, street racing and hate crimes since coming to The Times. A Brooklyn native, he moved West in 2014 after spending five years covering crime and police news for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey. In that time he profiled Frank Lucas, the drug kingpin who inspired the film “American Gangster,” and wrote a series of stories that revealed how the state’s largest police departments failed to solve thousands of nonfatal shootings, which led to policy changes. Not content with real-life crimes, he also makes up fictional ones: Queally's debut crime novel, “Line Of Sight,” will be published by Polis Books in 2020.
Five years later, some fear Orange County jail snitch scandal will go unpunished

Nearly five years since the jail informant scandal rocked Orange County, spawning multiple investigations, no one has been disciplined, fired or prosecuted for misconduct, and the state investigation into the case has been closed.

State ends four-year investigation into O.C. jail snitch scandal

State prosecutors said in court Friday that they have closed an investigation into the unconstitutional use of informants in Orange County’s jails, a scandal that rocked the law enforcement community and led to multiple retrials.

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