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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.
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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.
At the L.A. Times book festival, one attendee said there's more police than ever, while another said she's looking for suspicious packages in every trash can.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department dispatch logs from Feb. 12 chronicle Christopher Dorner's final hours from the perspective of computer-aided dispatch.
At least eight people believe they deserve all or part of the $1 million reward offered for helping bring the saga of ex-cop Christopher Dorner to an end.
The Los Angeles County Probation department is increasingly in the media spotlight, thanks to prison realignment. The department even has its own TV segment.
A man and a woman accused of taking part in the murder last summer faced their first witnesses in court Wednesday one the first day of their preliminary hearing.
Audio of the 911 call a Big Bear couple placed February 12 after being tied up by Christopher Dorner was released Tuesday.
Anyone who believes they deserve all or part of the $1 million reward offered when ex-cop Christopher Dorner was on the loose must file an application by April 19.
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.
One suspect is charged with sexual assaulting a 10-year old Northridge girl taken from her home last week.