Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter

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Rina Palta is a Crime and Safety Reporter for KPCC.

Rina spent the past few years reporting on California's prisons, jails, and law enforcement agencies, focusing on how crime and the criminal justice system impact communities. She comes to Southern California from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there on juvenile justice earned a PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Palta is a graduate of Haverford College and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. In her spare time, she's a world-class eater and aspiring surfer.


Stories by Rina Palta

Deputy says he'll call former Sheriff Lee Baca as trial witness

An L.A. County sheriff's deputy on trial for trying to thwart an FBI investigation said he'll call former Sheriff Lee Baca as a witness in his September trial.

Deputy accused in informant-hiding plot returns to court

A Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy accused of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly helping hide an FBI informant returns to court Monday.

Audit finds gaps in LAPD security camera system

An audit by the Office of the Inspector General found the Los Angeles Police Department's station security camera system "inadequate," failing to capture important footage.

Compton school police authorized to carry AR-15 assault weapons

Some community members are upset about plans to beef up campus security by allowing campus police access to the weapons.

High-profile faces join protest of LAPD shooting of mentally ill man

Public attention escalated Thursday over the shooting of a 25-year-old mentally ill man by LAPD officers in South Los Angeles earlier this week.

Family says Compton man beaten by sheriff's deputies

Attorneys for a Compton man injured in a confrontation with sheriff's deputies called for an investigation into the incident --and for criminal charges against the man to be dropped.

Nearly half of LA jails' mentally ill are black, report says

A new report by the L.A.-based activist group Dignity Power Now outlines the impact of jailing large numbers of mentally ill African Americans.

USC upgrades security in the wake of grad student murder

USC officials announced security changes Friday for campus and its surrounding area in the wake of the violent murder of a student on July 24.

LA County leaders vote down civilian oversight of sheriff

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 3-2 against creating a civilian commission to oversee the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

LA foster care watchdog says reforms have slowed

A new report due out Tuesday by a foster care watchdog says only one reform has seen progress - and the county has not dedicated any new money to the failing system.

Campus safety conference convenes blocks away from USC murder site

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called on campus police departments Friday to engage the community and teach students to take responsibility for their safety.

USC murder: Friends of victim, suspects flood courtroom

Friends and family of the victim and suspects flooded the courtroom where four teens accused of beating to death a USC graduate student from China appeared Tuesday.

LA supervisors postpone vote on $20M proposal to divert mentally ill from jail (updated)

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $20 million proposal for diverting offenders with mental illness out of jail.

California leads in cutting prison population and crime, report says

In a six-year period, California simultaneously cut its prison population by 23 percent and its violent crime rate by 21 percent--both over the national average.

Federal judge calls for a return to firing squads

Legal scholars say the judge's controversial statement is aimed less at shocking the public than asking it to confront its own relationship with the death penalty.