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

UPDATE: It's hard to predict who'll get reward money in criminal cases

An examination of past payouts indicates that in the money-for-info business, rewards go to a variety of people, from victims, to witnesses, to informants. Riverside has pulled their share from the reward fund.

Legal experts: Bell verdicts bad news for Rizzo

The convictions handed down to five former Bell city council members could give prosecutors a big advantage when they bring ex-Bell city manager Robert Rizzo to trial.

LA's jail plans need further study

L.A County Sheriff Lee Baca's proposal for a nearly $1 billion jail construction project needs thorough evaluation, county supervisors decided Tuesday.

Ex-colleague: LA's new jails chief does 'not suffer fools well'

The largest jail system in the country has a new manager, Terri McDonald, who takes over as L.A. County’s Assistant Sheriff for Custody on Monday.

LA County's probation chief urges his employees to be honest

L.A.'s Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers sent a directive to his 6,100 employees Wednesday, reminding them to be honest.

7 third strike inmates get shorter sentences in LA County

Seven inmates serving life sentences on Third Strike convictions had their sentences reduced Thursday thanks to Prop 36. They'll be released from state prison soon.

Third strike inmates ask for shorter sentences under Prop 36

A Los Angeles man serving 25 years to life for stealing a stereo is among 10 inmates asking a judge for reduced sentences Thursday.

LAPD's impound policy not showing safety results yet

About a year ago, LAPD slackened its policy on impounding cars of unlicensed drivers for 30 days, and since, total impounds have dropped 39 percent.

Life in prison for gang member who murdered LA County deputy

As a row of Los Angeles County deputy sheriff’s looked on, a Superior Court Judge imposed consecutive sentences of 65 years to life in prison.

Deputy's 2008 murder helped inspire change in Northeast LA

Sentencing is set for Monday for Jose Renteria, convicted last month in the fatal drive by shooting of Sheriff''s Deputy Juan Abel Escalante. His death helped change a neighborhood.

Valley "safety zone" would be LA's 45th gang injunction

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Thursday proposed a new gang injunction that would create a 2.7-square-mile "safety zone" in the North Hills area.

UPDATE: Beck to review ex-LAPD wrongful termination suits

Since the Los Angeles Police Department started investigating allegations by a former officer who left a trail of violence to avenge his firing, at least a half-dozen former officers have requested a reopening of their termination cases.

Thousands bid San Bernardino Deputy Jeremiah MacKay goodbye (photos)

Law enforcement officers from around California gathered in San Bernardino for MacKay's funeral, who died in a shootout with fugitive ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

LAPD Chief Beck remembers Dorner victims, defends use of 'hot gas'

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck backs tactics used to bring down ex-cop Christopher Dorner, and repeats his pledge to fully investigate the orginal Dorner case.

PDF: Search warrant shows how police linked Dorner to Irvine murders

Police in Irvine filed a warrant last week to search the house of the mother of alleged murderer and ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner. It clears up the manhunt's timeline.