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: LA judge rejects carjacked camp ranger's Dorner reward request

A Los Angeles judge has denied the request made by a camp ranger, carjacked by rogue ex-LAPD cop Dorner, to block the dispersal of $1 million in reward money.

VIDEO: Arrest of students of color at USC spark questions about LAPD

Students described the police response as excessive and said it was because the revelers were mostly students of color. LAPD leaders deny the allegations.

LA County's new jails chief tours the Twin Towers jail

Terri McDonald is the new assistant sheriff, hired to clean up L.A. County’s jails in the midst of public pressure and a federal investigation. See what see she's during a recent tour of the jail.

UPDATE: Data hard to come by when tracking prison realignment's effects

Late Thursday night, Governor Jerry Brown submitted a reluctant plan to further reduce the number of inmates in California's prisons by about 9,000.

Judge: UCLA professor will stand trial in lab death

UCLA Professor Patrick Harran will stand trial on charges connected to the death of his lab assistant in 2008, a judge ruled Friday.

Updated: Reward tip led to fugitive Northridge kidnapping suspect

Summers, 30, was on his way back to L.A. after his capture in Baja California by Mexican authorities acting on information from the FBI.

LA probation chief will not support realignment expansion

State officials have a week and a half to come up with a plan to lower California's prison population by another 9,000 inmates. How will they do it?

UPDATE: As controller furloughs begin, flight delays hit LAX

An LAX spokesman said about 70 flights had delays of about an hour or more Sunday, but could not definitely say if it was due to staffing. The delays seem to have eased Monday morning.

Update: Increased security at LA-area weekend events

At the L.A. Times book festival, one attendee said there's more police than ever, while another said she's looking for suspicious packages in every trash can.

Christopher Dorner's final hours: Just-released dispatch logs offer new details

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department dispatch logs from Feb. 12 chronicle Christopher Dorner's final hours from the perspective of computer-aided dispatch.

At least 8 people apply for $1 million Dorner reward

At least eight people believe they deserve all or part of the $1 million reward offered for helping bring the saga of ex-cop Christopher Dorner to an end.

LA's 'Most Wanted' features 'worst of worst' of prison realignment

The Los Angeles County Probation department is increasingly in the media spotlight, thanks to prison realignment. The department even has its own TV segment.

Hearing on Venice youth pastor's murder features police informant

A man and a woman accused of taking part in the murder last summer faced their first witnesses in court Wednesday one the first day of their preliminary hearing.

FULL AUDIO: Authorities release audio of Christopher Dorner 911 call

Audio of the 911 call a Big Bear couple placed February 12 after being tied up by Christopher Dorner was released Tuesday.

Want the $1M Dorner reward? LAPD establishes application process (PDF)

Anyone who believes they deserve all or part of the $1 million reward offered when ex-cop Christopher Dorner was on the loose must file an application by April 19.