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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compton's Deputy Fire Chief Marcel Melanson pled not guilty to arson, grand theft, and embezzlement charges Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court.
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.
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.
A group of Latino parents sued the Compton Unified School District and its school police department, claiming their civil rights have been violated.
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.
Students described the police response as excessive and said it was because the revelers were mostly students of color. LAPD leaders deny the allegations.
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.
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.
UCLA Professor Patrick Harran will stand trial on charges connected to the death of his lab assistant in 2008, a judge ruled Friday.
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.