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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’s Department killing more misconduct investigations under Villanueva, report finds

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been inactivating internal investigations at a high rate, including cases that involve allegations such as child abuse and cruel and unusual punishment of an inmate, according to a report by the county inspector general.

Sheriff Villanueva’s reinstatement of deputies at odds with reforms, federal monitor says

Richard Drooyan, the court-appointed monitor of jail reforms in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, says Sheriff Alex Villanueva's recent reinstatement of deputies fired for unreasonable force and dishonesty are at odds with mandated reforms.

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