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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

Owner of concrete building not too worried, despite earthquake report

Last week, researchers from the University of California - Berkeley handed over a list of potentially earthquake-vulnerable L.A. buildings to city officials.

Report: Jail cameras critical to investigating inmate abuse

An oversight body of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. found progress in how it handles discipline and inmate abuse allegations. But it also points to areas where there is work to be done.

'Serious' use of force incidents drop in LA County jails

"Serious" use of force incidents dropped in LA County jails in 2013. But the overall use of force rose, especially at Twin Towers Correctional Facility, which houses L.A.'s mentally ill inmates.

LA County Board of Supervisors discuss interim sheriff

The supervisors met out of the public eye in closed session. They have scheduled another meeting for Thursday to again discuss an interim sheriff.

LA County Probation Dept sees decline in employee arrests

Figures released Tuesday show a decline in the number of employees arrested. The employees union president downplayed the statistics, saying they go up and down all the time.

State awards $500 million in jail construction funds

An unusually rowdy meeting of a state corrections board Thursday drew malcontent county sheriffs and anti-jail protesters to an L.A. County jail in Lynwood.

LA County liability costs $89 million in 2012, a 7-year low

L.A. County's risk specialists told the Board of Supervisors that costs associated with litigation have dropped. But they warned it may increase due to recent issues at the sheriff's department.

LA County Board of Supervisors to discuss Baca's replacement

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will convene in closed session Tuesday to discuss temporary replacements for retiring Sheriff Lee Baca.

Talks break down over solution for overcrowded prisons

Talks have broken down between state officials and attorneys representing California prison inmates in a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

4 major public safety proposals in Brown's budget

Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget, released Thursday, contains a host of public safety proposals, some more daring than others.

Process to pick LA County Sheriff Baca's interim successor is underway

There are laws about certifications a sheriff must have. County supervisors and lawyers are working to determine the qualifications for whoever will complete Baca's term.

As Baca withdraws, his possible successors line up

With the L.A. County Sheriff's sudden decision to retire, declared candidates prep for the fight while others consider a run in the June primary.

Update: Sheriff Baca to retire; LAPD deputy chief considering run

Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his plans to retire at the end of the month at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Crime down, officer-involved shootings up in Long Beach

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.

5 theories explaining the great crime decline

Nationwide, crime has declined massively over the past two decades. And there are plenty of theories on why crime has dropped so much.