Lea is a criminal justice reporter at The Baltimore Sun. Previously she spent four years covering crime, policing and criminal justice policy for The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before that, she worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pennsylvania, and the Manhattan Mercury in Manhattan, Kansas.
Rashaud Nesmith was 16 when he was charged with armed carjacking. Still a teenager, he became involved with a violent Baltimore gang that law enforcement has connected to dozens of murders, shootings, armed robberies and carjackings.
Javarick Gantt was repeatedly held without bail in Baltimore after being arrested on bench warrants. His case exemplifies the increased use of pretrial detention in Maryland in the wake of cash bail reforms, advocates say.