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

Los Angeles gang at center of deputy murder trial

Jose Renteria has pleaded not-guilty to murder charges for allegedly providing the weapon used in L.A. County sheriff's deputy Juan Escalante's death.

Trial starts for man accused of murdering LA sheriff's deputy

Jose Renteria, one of six men accused in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, goes to trial Tuesday.

Demand for guns rose sharply in California in 2012

The demand for guns reached historic highs in California last year. Who's buying all these firearms and why?

Gun buyback in Compton Monday tribute to 'non-violence'

At Monday's "Gifts for Guns" event in Compton, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies offered gift cards in exchange for rifles, handguns, and shotguns.

Big gaps in database for gun background checks

President Obama Wednesday suggested closing some of the gaps in a federal database used to check gun buyers for mental health issues that would prohibit them from owning a firearm.

Racist father, son get prison for attacking blacks in Azusa

More than 50 Azusa gang members were arrested in 2011 on charges they conspired to "cleanse" the city of black residents. All the defendants have been convicted.

5 arrested in Nordstrom Rack robbery and hostage assault

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced arrests in connection with the takeover of a Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester last week where one woman was sexually assaulted.

Do gun restrictions work? LA's sheriff weighs in

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says gun laws may not be perfect, but he adds that laws dictate behavior and California's gun laws have made us safer.

LA's crime capital reputation starting to wane

L.A. County's reputation as a crime capital is beginning to wane. Sheriff Lee Baca released statistics that indicate declines in crime - including in Compton.

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.