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

Report finds problems, progress at LA's Probation Department

L.A. County's embattled probation department got mixed reviews in the latest report by the Office of Independent Review, the county's independent oversight body.

Sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary charges filed in Northridge abduction

One suspect is charged with sexual assaulting a 10-year old Northridge girl taken from her home last week.

Probation officer, suspect met day before Northridge kidnapping

A man suspected in last week's abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Northridge met with his probation officer the day before the kidnapping took place.

Police union organization backs out of Dorner reward

An umbrella group for California police unions says it is pulling its contribution to a $1.2 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

In-jail educational program reaches milestone

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department marked a milestone Thursday, the first time the facility has had enough participants in educational programs to stage a graduation ceremony.

In-jail educational program reaches milestone

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department marked a milestone Thursday, the first time the facility has had enough participants in educational programs to stage a graduation ceremony.

UPDATE: It's hard to predict who'll get reward money in criminal cases

An examination of past payouts indicates that in the money-for-info business, rewards go to a variety of people, from victims, to witnesses, to informants. Riverside has pulled their share from the reward fund.

Legal experts: Bell verdicts bad news for Rizzo

The convictions handed down to five former Bell city council members could give prosecutors a big advantage when they bring ex-Bell city manager Robert Rizzo to trial.

LA's jail plans need further study

L.A County Sheriff Lee Baca's proposal for a nearly $1 billion jail construction project needs thorough evaluation, county supervisors decided Tuesday.

Ex-colleague: LA's new jails chief does 'not suffer fools well'

The largest jail system in the country has a new manager, Terri McDonald, who takes over as L.A. County’s Assistant Sheriff for Custody on Monday.

LA County's probation chief urges his employees to be honest

L.A.'s Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers sent a directive to his 6,100 employees Wednesday, reminding them to be honest.

7 third strike inmates get shorter sentences in LA County

Seven inmates serving life sentences on Third Strike convictions had their sentences reduced Thursday thanks to Prop 36. They'll be released from state prison soon.

Third strike inmates ask for shorter sentences under Prop 36

A Los Angeles man serving 25 years to life for stealing a stereo is among 10 inmates asking a judge for reduced sentences Thursday.

LAPD's impound policy not showing safety results yet

About a year ago, LAPD slackened its policy on impounding cars of unlicensed drivers for 30 days, and since, total impounds have dropped 39 percent.

Life in prison for gang member who murdered LA County deputy

As a row of Los Angeles County deputy sheriff’s looked on, a Superior Court Judge imposed consecutive sentences of 65 years to life in prison.