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

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.

Muslim jail inmates now guaranteed religious access in LA

Communal prayer at L.A.'s County jails is now guaranteed for Muslim inmates, following a new directive by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Supervisor wants $20 million for keeping mentally ill people out of jail

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed Tuesday setting aside $20 million for programs that keep mentally ill people out of jails.

LA jail overcrowding: Is Miami a model for getting the mentally ill out of jails?

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will look at suggestions for reducing the county's notoriously high number of mentally ill jail inmates.

Debate continues over how to police the sheriff's department

With the L.A. Board of Supervisors poised to debate creating a civilian oversight commission later this month, sheriff's candidates weighed in on the issue.

LA jail scandal: Feds likely to revamp strategy in deputy's retrial

Federal prosecutors told a judge Monday they'll retry an L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Feds plan to retry sheriff's deputy accused of thwarting FBI

Less than a week after six of his colleagues were convicted of trying to obstruct an FBI investigation into jail violence, deputy James Sexton will be recharged.

LA County's top prosecutor embraces split sentencing

L.A. County is poised to adopt a new sentencing policy for non-violent felons after years of resistance.

LA jail scandal: All 6 Sheriff's officials found guilty on all counts

A jury found all of the defendants guilty on obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Two defendants were also found guilty of making false statements.

ACLU pushing for alternatives to jail for mentally ill

The ACLU of Southern California and Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law released a report Tuesday calling for alternatives to jail for mentally ill offenders.

LA County budget czar Bill Fujioka announces retirement

William Fujioka, L.A. County's chief executive, will retire in November, he announced Thursday. It comes at a time of uncharacteristic change in L.A. County government.

Latinos heavily impacted by justice system, report finds

A new report shows Latinos are disproportionately impacted by crime and the justice system, both as victims and as criminal defendants.

LA County to open new office to oversee child welfare reforms

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a position for a countywide child protection executive who will oversee system reforms.

Report outlines possible child welfare reforms in LA

A draft report compiled by county outlines proposed changes to the county's child welfare system — and how difficult some of those changes might be.