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
Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his plans to retire at the end of the month at a press conference Tuesday morning.
Initial data from 2013 show the lowest violent crime numbers for the city in 41 years. But the number of officer-involved shootings more than doubled in a year.
Nationwide, crime has declined massively over the past two decades. And there are plenty of theories on why crime has dropped so much.
If the statistics hold through the end of Tuesday, Los Angeles will see crime decline for the eleventh straight year in 2013.
LA County probation says many kids in custody perform well in juvenile camps, but too many go home and return to juvenile court. Officials seek to lower the recidivism rate by helping ease the transition.
A witness in a court hearing Tuesday described the driver swerving from side-to-side on the pedestrian walkway.
The Victims Compensation Program awarded two grants to groups in Los Angeles County Thursday to bring medical and mental health services to crime victims.
Five indictments involving 18 deputies sparked questions over how to effectively oversee the department that runs the largest jail system in the United States.
L.A. County social workers say their strike was a last resort after petitioning for months for lower caseloads. Officials say they're already hiring more social workers.
The union representing about 4,000 social workers in LA County says the county won't hire more employees to deal with under-staffing and unmanageable caseloads.
Negotiations have broken down, at least temporarily, between county executives and the union representing county child welfare workers.
A pair of researchers say the transformation of an L.A. youth camp could set a new paradigm for juvenile justice in the county.
Child welfare workers staged a protest outside the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors a day before the social workers' union returns to contract talks with the county.
Amid a growing homeless population and dwindling resources, L.A.'s winter shelters open Sunday for the rainier, colder winter season.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Cham is tasked with easing the transition for employees serving military deployments. On Thanksgiving, that means food.