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
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.
Starting Wednesday, Los Angeles could be subject to fines of $200 a day for operating an "unlicensed emergency shelter" for foster care children.
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.
The State Bar of California has been receiving reports of attorneys and immigration consultants charging for help applying for citizenship under bill that doesn't exist.
A new study found prison inmates who participate in educational or vocational training are 43 percent less likely to return to prison once released.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says the state's prison realignment program, AB 109, is costing his department $18.1 million this year. Read the full report.
Traditionally, the foster care system has struggled with a shortage of homes for older children. Suddenly, there's a need of foster parents for babies and no one is sure why.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a draw-down to mandatory minimum sentences that send some low-level drug offenders to federal lockups for years.
Fifteen months after being exonerated of a rape charge, Brian Banks stepped onto the Georgia Dome turf for his NFL debut Thursday night.
Nathan Campbell pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and assault for allegedly driving his car on the Venice Beach boardwalk. "I don't believe he intentionally tried to hit anyone," his attorney said.
A new report from the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice suggests California jails could alleviate overcrowding by refusing to detain non-criminals accused of immigration violations.
A new study finds that indigent juvenile defendants assigned private attorneys in L.A. County may be at a disadvantage in court. Officials are beginning to address the issue.
Ka Pasasouk was ordered to stand trial on murder charges in the slaying four people outside in Northridge in December 2012 after being mistakenly released from custody.
Ka Pasasouk, a man accused of murdering four people outside an unlicensed Northridge boarding house in December, heard the first testimony against him Monday.
As L.A. County considers building a new jail, reform advocates push alternatives like "split sentencing," where convicts serve some time outside of jail.