Rina Palta


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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.

Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at 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 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

Friday's 5.1 OC earthquake caused $2.6 million in damage

Repair costs for the three cities hardest hit are not enough to qualify automatically for federal disaster assistance, but an expert says they can appeal.

Study: Less kids in California prisons, but minority percentage is high

The number of juveniles incarcerated in the U.S. has dropped dramatically – including California. But not all ethnic and racial groups have benefitted equally.

LA County says foster care lawyers overwhelmed

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Tuesday joined a chorus of public officials calling for investment in California's child welfare court system.

Orange County officials mull applying for earthquake aid

Local leaders in cities and towns most impacted by Friday's earthquake huddled in meetings Monday to tally the damages and determine whether to apply for aid.

Lawsuit: LA Sheriff's 'gang' harassed female trainees

An L.A. Sheriff's deputy has sued the department, claiming female trainees at the East L.A. station were routinely harassed by male training officers.

Ex-UCLA athletics official facing child porn charges

Michael Sondheimer, once the associate athletic director at the UCLA, is accused of having child pornography on his university work computer.

ACLU says LA jails deny Muslim inmates right to worship

In a letter sent to the sheriff's department Friday morning, the ACLU complains other groups are allowed communal worship, but not Muslims.

LA's jails at their most crowded in years

L.A.'s jails are experiencing their highest population numbers in years – a result, officials say, of the state's prison realignment law.

LA County approves drawing up plans for new women's jail

The Board of Supervisors took a significant step Tuesday towards constructing a new women's jail in Lancaster using state funds. Critics urged supervisors to look at alternatives.

LA County supervisors to get access to deputy shooting files

The board's efforts to oversee the sheriff's department continued with a process for requesting the files of deputies involved in shootings. Supervisors said it's needed to help evaluate potential payouts.

Los Angeles inmate still missing in rare jail escape

The 37-year old Christopher Lee Brown had just been sentenced to four years in jail for burglary and identity theft when he walked out of jail in downtown L.A.

Why for-profit prisons house more inmates of color

A recent study found that the populations of for-profit prisons tend to be younger, which correlates with a skew toward more black and Latino inmates than in publicly-run prisons.

Second strikers flooding California's prison system

Offenders convicted of second strikes under California's "Three Strikes" law are flooding the prison system, according to state officials.

LA County supervisor wants more info on deputy shootings

L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina believes the Board of Supervisors should have more access to deputy-involved shooting investigations – part of an ongoing effort to keep tabs on the sheriff's department.

Lack of interpreters among the barriers to justice in California

When talking about language diversity in California, most think Spanish. But Californians speak over 200 languages — and courts need translators.