Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter
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
As L.A. County deals with jail population issues, the Board of Supervisors approved a contract to send hundreds of felons to state-run fire camps.
LA County supervisors Tuesday quarreled over a proposal to establish a civilian commission to oversee the embattled LA County Sheriff's Department.
The Orange County District Attorney's office said Monday that Marilyn Edge poisoned her two children, as more details emerged in the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
On Tuesday, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved payouts in a $100,000 reward offered for information to help capture the ex-fugitive LAPD cop accused of murder.
Congress returns from recess Monday amidst a push by Catholics to get an immigration reform bill passed by Dec. 31. So far, it lacks the votes to reach the President's desk.
Five weeks after an Italian honeymooner was killed by a driver, officials say barriers installed at Ocean Front Walk are enhancing safety. But some beach regulars call them "gross."
Federal authorities are looking into allegations that deputes at the LA County's Sheriff's Department used excessive force on jail inmates.
Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down California's ban on gay marriage, prison inmates will be allowed to marry same-sex partners who are not incarcerated.
Los Angeles County supervisors think California is too easy on men caught enlisting the services of child prostitutes. They want legislators to change that.
Authorities have arrested nearly three dozen people in a crackdown on a Southern California street gang believed involved in a string of home invasion robberies.
Starting Wednesday, Los Angeles could be subject to fines of $200 a day for operating an "unlicensed emergency shelter" for foster care children.
The family of Gabriel Fernandez, an 8-year-old boy who allegedly died at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, take steps to sue L.A. county.
The State Bar of California has been receiving reports of attorneys and immigration consultants charging for help applying for citizenship under bill that doesn't exist.
A new study found prison inmates who participate in educational or vocational training are 43 percent less likely to return to prison once released.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says the state's prison realignment program, AB 109, is costing his department $18.1 million this year. Read the full report.