Fellows in the News

News about the 2016 Leading Edge fellows.

LA Sentinel

Reform L.A. Jails Coalition Makes History and Turns in Over 246K Signatures

The Reform L.A. Jails coalition turned in more than 246,000 signatures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk today calling for its criminal justice reform legislation initiative to be placed on California’s March 2020 Presidential Primary ballot.

The Mercury News

San Jose: Trouble continues to mount for police auditor as mayor questions his impartiality

The young tenure of San Jose’s civilian police watchdog continued to absorb a torrent of criticism from the officer rank-and-file he is tasked with keeping an eye on, with the mayor joining the latest chorus of calls questioning his impartiality.


Black Lives Matter was born five years ago today. Is America better off?

Five years later to the day since the Zimmerman verdict, advocates and observers are still coming to grips with how that moment has shaped the course of American history. Recent legal and political developments beg the question of whether the country is better or worse off since the Black Lives Matter movement was born.


Lawsuit Alleges Teen’s Detention Extended Because Probation Officer Assumed He And His Twin Were The Same Person

On June 29 of last year, a 15-year-old boy spent four days in the custody of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department for a non-violent property offense. Now, his mother, Tureko Straughter, is suing the department, accusing probation officials of unlawfully holding her son in custody, SF Gate reported.