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
In L.A. for a hearing for the man accused of swerving down the Venice Boardwalk, killing a honeymooning Italian woman, Katia Gruppioni says the family wants justice.
The 78-year-old father of state Rep. Gatto was found dead from a gunshot in his home Wednesday night. Residents of the well-groomed community don’t see much violent crime.
State regulators have taken the rare step of imposing fines on LA County for not placing children in foster homes quickly enough. Official say a high-call volume and a low pool of foster parents are hindering efforts to resolve the problem.
Two papers out of Stanford Law School's Criminal Justice Center look at how realignment is playing out in California counties. It shows local politics can influence how the policy is implemented.
A federal judge appointed an attorney to represent Paul Ciancia, accused of a shooting spree at LAX that killed a TSA agent. It has dealt a blow to investigators who sought to interrogate him.
Police say the demonstration was generally peaceful, but when officers declared an unlawful assembly to disperse the more than 200 protesters, some sat in a circle in the street and refused to move.
A Los Angeles jury Thursday made the award to five inmates who sued after suffering broken bones and head trauma at the hands of L.A. County Sheriff's deputies in 2008.
Twenty county jail inmates Wednesday packed up their personal items and boarded vans headed to Sylmar to learn how to fight wildfires. The plan includes sending hundreds more.
Supporters for a Riverside boy who murdered his neo-Nazi father – including a state senator and ex-prosecutor called on Gov. Jerry Brown to pardon him. A spokesman for the state's juvenile detention system said they will help the boy.
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s order to reduce overcrowding in California’s prisons, leading to significant changes in the state's criminal justice system.
A program that shifted thousands of low-level offenders from state prisons to local jails was supposed to dramatically impact women in prison, but advocates say nothing has changed.
A contract to send 512 Los Angeles county jail inmates to a facility in Taft in the Central Valley may be killed as early as next week, after the discovery of legal hurdles.
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.