Garrett Therolf

UC Berkeley and Common Sense News

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Reporter for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and Common Sense News, a non-profit focused on child well-being.

Garrett Therolf on KCRW

Ten-year-old Anthony Avalos died in Lancaster last week. He suffered head injuries and was covered in cigarette burns. For years, his home was flagged for potential abuse.

The problems with LA County's child welfare agency

Ten-year-old Anthony Avalos died in Lancaster last week. He suffered head injuries and was covered in cigarette burns. For years, his home was flagged for potential abuse.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Cracking down on crack ramped up the War on Drugs in the 1980s, and it didn’t matter if you were an adult using crack or a kid; tough on crime was tough on crime.

Youth Lockup

Cracking down on crack ramped up the War on Drugs in the 1980s, and it didn’t matter if you were an adult using crack or a kid; tough on crime was tough on crime.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The California Coastal Commission is attempting to crack down on a group of Palos Verdes surfers who call themselves the Bay Boys.

The Bay Boys of Palos Verdes

The California Coastal Commission is attempting to crack down on a group of Palos Verdes surfers who call themselves the Bay Boys.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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