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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.
Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at 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 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 December, the LAO counted 588 empty beds, which cost the state about $230,000 each year - despite having a wait list of 550 patients.
A rash of officer-involved shootings in Long Beach in 2013 provoked questions about Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, the frontrunner in the race for sheriff.
L.A. County's Probation Department is checking on doctors who approve questionable workers' compensation claims.
A pilot program in Van Nuys will seek to keep low-level, mentally ill homeless arrestees out of jail. Officials say it could be the key to solving a chronic problem.
A review of three years' of Probation Department workers' compensation claims turns up dozens of questionable cases, such as falling out of chairs or tripping in parking lots.
L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy James Sexton was found guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy Tuesday in his second trial before a federal jury.
The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services says it's launched an internal investigation into whether a Signal Hill boy's death was preventable.
An L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled that local police do not have to share license plate data gathered through automatic scanners with the public.
One member of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees is calling for the board to rescind its recent policy change allowing some officers to have assault weapons.
An L.A. County sheriff's deputy on trial for trying to thwart an FBI investigation said he'll call former Sheriff Lee Baca as a witness in his September trial.
A Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy accused of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly helping hide an FBI informant returns to court Monday.
An audit by the Office of the Inspector General found the Los Angeles Police Department's station security camera system "inadequate," failing to capture important footage.
Some community members are upset about plans to beef up campus security by allowing campus police access to the weapons.
Public attention escalated Thursday over the shooting of a 25-year-old mentally ill man by LAPD officers in South Los Angeles earlier this week.
Attorneys for a Compton man injured in a confrontation with sheriff's deputies called for an investigation into the incident --and for criminal charges against the man to be dropped.