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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

LA County to send hundreds of jail inmates to Kern County

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.

SoCal Catholics largely supportive of Pope Francis' message

In Los Angeles, the largest base of Catholics in the nation, Pope Francis' message of openness and inclusiveness resonates with local faithful.

Police say Norwalk pastor assaulted at least 20 women

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.

Some county jail inmates headed to state fire camps

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 disagree on more oversight for sheriff

LA County supervisors Tuesday quarreled over a proposal to establish a civilian commission to oversee the embattled LA County Sheriff's Department.

Orange County DA: Children were poisoned by suicidal mother

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.

LA County approves $100,000 Christopher Dorner reward

On Tuesday, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved payouts in a $100,000 reward offered for information to help capture the ex-fugitive LAPD cop accused of murder.

Archbishop Gomez joins national call for immigration reform

Congress returns from recess Monday amidst a push by Catholics to get an immigration reform bill passed by Dec. 31. So far, it lacks the votes to reach the President's desk.

LAPD: Temporary Venice Beach Boardwalk barriers improving safety

Five weeks after an Italian honeymooner was killed by a driver, officials say barriers installed at Ocean Front Walk are enhancing safety. But some beach regulars call them "gross."

Feds probing alleged civil rights abuses at LA County jails

Federal authorities are looking into allegations that deputes at the LA County's Sheriff's Department used excessive force on jail inmates.

California prisons extend same-sex marriage rights to inmates

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down California's ban on gay marriage, prison inmates will be allowed to marry same-sex partners who are not incarcerated.

UPDATED: County wants tougher penalties for child sex trade

Los Angeles County supervisors think California is too easy on men caught enlisting the services of child prostitutes. They want legislators to change that.

Reputed Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang members arrested (PHOTOS)

Authorities have arrested nearly three dozen people in a crackdown on a Southern California street gang believed involved in a string of home invasion robberies.

LA County facing fines for operating unlicensed foster care shelter

Starting Wednesday, Los Angeles could be subject to fines of $200 a day for operating an "unlicensed emergency shelter" for foster care children.

Family of 8-year-old boy to sue LA County for 'wrongful death'

The family of Gabriel Fernandez, an 8-year-old boy who allegedly died at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, take steps to sue L.A. county.