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
David Sal Silva died after an encounter with law enforcement officers in Bakersfield. Deputies later seized cell phones from witnesses. It is the latest episode law enforcement being filmed by the public. Experts say it's changing the nature of the relationship.
The gang member may have mistaken Mauro Cortez, the baby's father, for a rival gang member when he rode up on his bike, and opened fire.
On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to research turning a part of the jail into a treatment facility for mental health and substance abuse issues.
Compton's Deputy Fire Chief Marcel Melanson pled not guilty to arson, grand theft, and embezzlement charges Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court.
A federal judge has formally dismissed the final remnants of the LAPD's decade-long consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. As city leaders celebrated, community leaders said they will keep an eye on the department.
Police are holding a suspect for questioning after an anonymous threat shut down local schools and sent parents and the news media into a panic Thursday.
A group of Latino parents sued the Compton Unified School District and its school police department, claiming their civil rights have been violated.
A Los Angeles judge has denied the request made by a camp ranger, carjacked by rogue ex-LAPD cop Dorner, to block the dispersal of $1 million in reward money.
Students described the police response as excessive and said it was because the revelers were mostly students of color. LAPD leaders deny the allegations.
Terri McDonald is the new assistant sheriff, hired to clean up L.A. County’s jails in the midst of public pressure and a federal investigation. See what see she's during a recent tour of the jail.
Late Thursday night, Governor Jerry Brown submitted a reluctant plan to further reduce the number of inmates in California's prisons by about 9,000.
UCLA Professor Patrick Harran will stand trial on charges connected to the death of his lab assistant in 2008, a judge ruled Friday.
Summers, 30, was on his way back to L.A. after his capture in Baja California by Mexican authorities acting on information from the FBI.
State officials have a week and a half to come up with a plan to lower California's prison population by another 9,000 inmates. How will they do it?
An LAX spokesman said about 70 flights had delays of about an hour or more Sunday, but could not definitely say if it was due to staffing. The delays seem to have eased Monday morning.