Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter
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
Two defendants in high-profile cases in Los Angeles invoked their constitutional right to act as their own attorneys. An expert says it's not good legal strategy.
Louie Sanchez, accused of sucker-punching a Giants fan the Dodger Stadium parking lot and leaving the victim with brain damage, is acting as his own attorney.
Jose Luis Saenz, fresh off an appearance in a Pomona courtroom Monday, appeared in Downtown L.A. Tuesday to face three additional murder charges.
The case will not be heard this year, as defense attorneys need months to review mounds of documents that will likely be presented at trial.
Police chiefs in L.A. County say they're bearing much of the brunt of prison realignment without getting any of the resources to manage it.
The L.A. Sheriff's Department says Jose Toloza ran from sheriff's deputies after they confronted him on a Compton street Wednesday around 7:40pm.
On Wednesday, LAPD detectives detained veteran Deputy Francisco Gamez on suspicion of homicide. On Thursday, he was formally charged with murder.
Janeth Lopez has been charged with murder, attempted murder and vandalism in connection with the shootings of two men who tried to stop a graffiti attack on a church.
Since 1982, LAPD has been trying to get to the elusive goal of 20% women in its sworn officer ranks, but it still can't hit the mark
Jose de la Trinidad was the passenger in a car that led deputies on a low-speed chase after they attempted to pull it over for a traffic violation.
With Secretary Matt Cate leaving, Martin Hoshino will assume the reigns of one of the world's largest prison systems on Monday morning.
A UC Berkeley study released Thursday concludes that a high per capita ratio of police cuts down on violent crime — and saves money.
Prison officials have rolled out reforms in the state's isolation units but some inmates say more changes are needed.
Anonymous witnesses have come forward in Sunday's murder outside a Westlake church, but not enough, police said, likely because they're scared.
A judge has granted a stay temporarily blocking implementation of Prop 35, a voter-approved sex trafficking law, while groups pursue a First Amendment challenge.