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.
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Rudy Aguirre Jr. was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Monday after admitting to taking part in two murders in Northeast L.A.
Even as the threat of taking in more former state prisoners looms over Los Angeles County, the county's lead agency on realignment remains understaffed.
Mary O'Callaghan is accused of repeatedly kicking Alesia Thomas, who later died of undetermined causes. Her attorney says the veteran officer will fight the felony charge.
The meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday delved into conditions inside California's most secure lockups, including the controversial SHU – security housing units.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to send $29 million to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department to clamp down on jail violence.
The controversial facilities are the subject of a federal lawsuit and an upcoming legislative hearing, but the prison warden says they are "not operating a dungeon."
The men accused of murdering two USC graduate students from China last year appeared in court Monday to hear evidence against them.
A judge Friday dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Richard Heltebrake, who says he helped police find ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. He still has cases against two cities.
A state watchdog agency visiting California's largest county got an earful on the state's prison realignment policy Thursday.
In a deal meant to relieve L.A. County's strained jails, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to send hundreds of inmates to a facility near Bakersfield.
In Los Angeles, the largest base of Catholics in the nation, Pope Francis' message of openness and inclusiveness resonates with local faithful.
An assistant pastor and counselor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk allegedly assaulted at least 20 women in the church's congregation between 2004 and 2012.
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 Tuesday quarreled over a proposal to establish a civilian commission to oversee the embattled LA County Sheriff's Department.
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.