Rina Palta News Reporter
Rina Palta reports on Southern California's social safety net for KPCC.
Her beat looks at what works and what doesn't about the systems designed to help people who fall into poverty, social welfare, public mental health systems, or criminal justice system — and help many get back on their feet.
Rina spent the past few years reporting on crime in Southern California. She came to L.A. from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there focused on California's prison, jails, and law enforcement agencies, and the effect of crime and the criminal justice system on communities.
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
The 37-year old Christopher Lee Brown had just been sentenced to four years in jail for burglary and identity theft when he walked out of jail in downtown L.A.
A recent study found that the populations of for-profit prisons tend to be younger, which correlates with a skew toward more black and Latino inmates than in publicly-run prisons.
Offenders convicted of second strikes under California's "Three Strikes" law are flooding the prison system, according to state officials.
L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina believes the Board of Supervisors should have more access to deputy-involved shooting investigations – part of an ongoing effort to keep tabs on the sheriff's department.
When talking about language diversity in California, most think Spanish. But Californians speak over 200 languages — and courts need translators.
A federal judge recently struck down portions of two tough-on-crime ballot initiatives that hampered the ability of prisoners to be paroled. The decision could lead to the release of many serious felons.
In the 1800s, horse-mounted police officers galloped the countryside of a rural America, chasing cattle rustlers. Today, they are more likely seen in parks and during riots.
Management issues and a failure to hold an outside vendor accountable led to serious flaws in a program that monitors offenders in Los Angeles County.
The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to study creating a civilian body to monitor the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. But it may not have any real power.
Louie Sanchez, 31, and Marvin Norwood, 32, were sentenced to eight years and four years in prison respectively. Stow is still recovering from the beating at his Santa Cruz home.
The LAO, which provides recommendations to the state legislature, released a review Wednesday of Brown's criminal justice proposals, totaling $14.1 billion. Read the full report.
In 2012, an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy shot a woman who was wielding a hammer at a mental health facility. It led to changes on how deputies are trained to deal with people in a mental health crisis.
No prisoner has been executed since 2006, when the courts ruled California's lethal injection protocol violated the Constitution’s 8th Amendment, which bans cruel and unusual punishment.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney issued a report on Christopher Dorner's last stand near Big Bear last year. It found the law enforcement officers involved acted lawfully.
New L.A. County Sheriff's Inspector General Max Huntsman acknowledges he lacks formal power but says the fact all eyes are on the department should help encourage change.