Nina Agrawal

nina agrawalNina Agrawal is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. She previously reported for WLRN-Miami Herald News and for the Latin American affairs magazine Americas Quarterly. A Southern California native, Agrawal is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and School of International and Public Affairs.
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Black Lives Matter, Other Activists Protest to Stop Jail Expansion

Dozens of people gathered outside the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration on Tuesday to protest the expansion of jails in the county, while inside the building the Board of Supervisors finalized next year’s budget. Wearing prison-orange T-shirts that read “I am not the property of L.A. County jail,” activists from a coalition of anti-incarceration groups perched on and around 100 steel-frame jail bunks that had been arranged on the street outside the Hahn Hall of … [Read more...]

Formerly Incarcerated Struggle to Find Work: Is L.A. County Willing to Help?

“I tried to assimilate. And I couldn’t:' Ex-cons struggle to re-enter the workplace. Now L.A. County trying to help When Lily Gonzalez was released from Valley State Prison in Chowchilla in 2012, all she wanted to do was put incarceration behind her. She hoped to go back to work, continue her education at Cal State Northridge and reconnect with her 11-year-old daughter. “I tried to assimilate,” she said. “And I couldn’t.” Gonzalez had been convicted of multiple felonies for falsifying … [Read more...]