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

Victor McClinton murder generates realignment controversy

McClinton's death has become one of several local crimes that's generated questions about California's prison realignment program.

Murders, serious crime drop significantly 2005-'12; LAPD credits more cops

L.A. officials say the city's historic crime drop results in part from a bigger, more effective police department, compared with 2005.

New legislator promises to update unmarried rape law [Poll]

Newly sworn-in State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D, Los Angeles) said he'll introduce legislation to alter an "unfair" loophole in California's rape laws.

Feds: 'Jane Doe' suspect from alleged child porn images arrested

Federal officials say LAPD arrested Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, of North Hills Thursday night. They accuse her of being a woman in a photo allegedly showing child pornography.

CA Court: It's not rape since victim wasn't married

A California appeals court reluctantly overturned a 2009 rape conviction Wednesday, finding that impersonating a boyfriend is not the same as impersonating a husband, according to an arcane state law.

UPDATE: Californians among hundreds arrested in child porn probe

The investigation also yielded a warrant for the arrest of two unidentified adults (above) accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl in the LA area in about 2001.

2 charged in murder of Pasadena youth coach, mentor

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged two young men on Wednesday in connection with the Christmas Day murder of Victor McClinton.

Law enforcement deaths drop dramatically in 2012

The past year saw the second lowest number of officers killed in the line of duty in 50 years. In 2012, 127 law enforcement officers died while working.

Three tips from cabbies on how to catch a ride tonight

Just about every cab in the city is expected to be out tonight, but that surely won't be enough to accommodate all the revlers in town.

Volunteers send hope to victims of sexual abuse behind bars

The card campaign continues through the end of the year, with a goal of sending 10,000 cards to inmates throughout the country who've suffered sexual abuse.

New CA prisons chief described as nerdy, politically savvy

If confirmed, Jeffrey Beard will lead one of the largest prison systems in the nation, rattled by transition and mired in politics.

Governor nominates California's new head of prisons

Governor Jerry Brown today nominated a new Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Wednesday.

LAPD outlines its budget priorities

Replacing broken down patrol cars and installing systemwide dashboard cameras are at the top of LAPD's budgetary wish list in the next fiscal year.

LA County DA won't charge man for threats following Newtown

The Los Angeles DA's Office declined to file charges against Kyle Bangayan, a 24-year-old Pomona man arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening L.A. school kids.

LAPD scales back its participation in Secure Communities

The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer detain some suspected undocumented immigrants on behalf of federal immigration authorities.