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

Some county jail inmates headed to state fire camps

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 disagree on more oversight for sheriff

LA County supervisors Tuesday quarreled over a proposal to establish a civilian commission to oversee the embattled LA County Sheriff's Department.

Orange County DA: Children were poisoned by suicidal mother

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.

LA County approves $100,000 Christopher Dorner reward

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.

Archbishop Gomez joins national call for immigration reform

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.

LAPD: Temporary Venice Beach Boardwalk barriers improving safety

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."

Feds probing alleged civil rights abuses at LA County jails

Federal authorities are looking into allegations that deputes at the LA County's Sheriff's Department used excessive force on jail inmates.

California prisons extend same-sex marriage rights to 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.

UPDATED: County wants tougher penalties for child sex trade

Los Angeles County supervisors think California is too easy on men caught enlisting the services of child prostitutes. They want legislators to change that.

Reputed Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang members arrested (PHOTOS)

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.

LA County facing fines for operating unlicensed foster care shelter

Starting Wednesday, Los Angeles could be subject to fines of $200 a day for operating an "unlicensed emergency shelter" for foster care children.

Family of 8-year-old boy to sue LA County for 'wrongful death'

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.

Proposed bill targets misleading immigration attorneys

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.

Study: Educational programs in prison work (Update)

A new study found prison inmates who participate in educational or vocational training are 43 percent less likely to return to prison once released.

Chief: LAPD forced to shift resources to monitor ex-prisoners (UPDATED)

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.