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Maya Lau

Maya Lau is a reporter on the Metro desk covering the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She came from the Advocate, based in Baton Rouge, La., where she wrote about criminal justice and corruption in the state’s prison system. She was the lead writer on a team that won an Investigative Reporters and Editors award for stories revealing the financial dealings of the long-serving warden of the notorious Angola Prison, who resigned following the reports. She started in journalism as a New York Times news assistant but truly learned how to be a reporter by moving to the small newsroom of the Shreveport Times and writing about crime. She served in the Peace Corps in Senegal after graduating from Vassar College.
Sheriff Villanueva is using faulty data to claim jail violence is rising

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has painted a grim picture of rising jail violence. But many of the statistics Villanueva is using to make his case are known to be unreliable, making it impossible to draw conclusions or trends from the data, several watchdogs said.

In landmark move, L.A. County will replace Men’s Central Jail with mental health hospital for inmates

Los Angeles County Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to tear down the dungeon-like Men’s Central Jail in downtown and move forward with a plan to create at least one mental health treatment facility in its place. The plan replaces a previous proposal to build a jail focused on rehabilitation.

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