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

Santa Monica shooting: 4 victims and 1 suspect dead, gunman acted alone (updated)

Police said Friday night four people died in a shooting rampage that started at a small home in Santa Monica and spilled onto the campus of Santa Monica College, where police exchanged gunfire with the suspected gunman, who died in the library. Earlier they said six were dead.

FAA offers suggestions, but no regs, to reduce L.A. copter noise

A report by the Federal Aviation Administration provides suggestions for reducing helicopter noise in L.A. County. One Congressman says he wants to see more done.

Kern County video latest in evolving relationship between the police, public

David Sal Silva died after an encounter with law enforcement officers in Bakersfield. Deputies later seized cell phones from witnesses. It is the latest episode law enforcement being filmed by the public. Experts say it's changing the nature of the relationship.

Teenager faces 90 years in prison for baby's murder

The gang member may have mistaken Mauro Cortez, the baby's father, for a rival gang member when he rode up on his bike, and opened fire.

UPDATE: LA County to look into adding treatment facility to jail

On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to research turning a part of the jail into a treatment facility for mental health and substance abuse issues.

Fire official, reality star pleads not guilty to arson

Compton's Deputy Fire Chief Marcel Melanson pled not guilty to arson, grand theft, and embezzlement charges Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court.

UPDATE: Last of LAPD consent decree officially dismissed

A federal judge has formally dismissed the final remnants of the LAPD's decade-long consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. As city leaders celebrated, community leaders said they will keep an eye on the department.

UPDATE: Student in custody in Santa Monica, East LA college threats

Police are holding a suspect for questioning after an anonymous threat shut down local schools and sent parents and the news media into a panic Thursday.

Latinos accuse Compton School Police of racial profiling

A group of Latino parents sued the Compton Unified School District and its school police department, claiming their civil rights have been violated.

UPDATE: LA judge rejects carjacked camp ranger's Dorner reward request

A Los Angeles judge has denied the request made by a camp ranger, carjacked by rogue ex-LAPD cop Dorner, to block the dispersal of $1 million in reward money.

VIDEO: Arrest of students of color at USC spark questions about LAPD

Students described the police response as excessive and said it was because the revelers were mostly students of color. LAPD leaders deny the allegations.

LA County's new jails chief tours the Twin Towers jail

Terri McDonald is the new assistant sheriff, hired to clean up L.A. County’s jails in the midst of public pressure and a federal investigation. See what see she's during a recent tour of the jail.

UPDATE: Data hard to come by when tracking prison realignment's effects

Late Thursday night, Governor Jerry Brown submitted a reluctant plan to further reduce the number of inmates in California's prisons by about 9,000.

Judge: UCLA professor will stand trial in lab death

UCLA Professor Patrick Harran will stand trial on charges connected to the death of his lab assistant in 2008, a judge ruled Friday.

Updated: Reward tip led to fugitive Northridge kidnapping suspect

Summers, 30, was on his way back to L.A. after his capture in Baja California by Mexican authorities acting on information from the FBI.