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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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Update: Increased security at LA-area weekend events

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.

Christopher Dorner's final hours: Just-released dispatch logs offer new details

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 8 people apply for $1 million Dorner reward

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.

LA's 'Most Wanted' features 'worst of worst' of prison realignment

The Los Angeles County Probation department is increasingly in the media spotlight, thanks to prison realignment. The department even has its own TV segment.

Hearing on Venice youth pastor's murder features police informant

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.

FULL AUDIO: Authorities release audio of Christopher Dorner 911 call

Audio of the 911 call a Big Bear couple placed February 12 after being tied up by Christopher Dorner was released Tuesday.

Want the $1M Dorner reward? LAPD establishes application process (PDF)

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.

Report finds problems, progress at LA's Probation Department

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.

Sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary charges filed in Northridge abduction

One suspect is charged with sexual assaulting a 10-year old Northridge girl taken from her home last week.

Probation officer, suspect met day before Northridge kidnapping

A man suspected in last week's abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Northridge met with his probation officer the day before the kidnapping took place.

Police union organization backs out of Dorner reward

An umbrella group for California police unions says it is pulling its contribution to a $1.2 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

In-jail educational program reaches milestone

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department marked a milestone Thursday, the first time the facility has had enough participants in educational programs to stage a graduation ceremony.

In-jail educational program reaches milestone

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department marked a milestone Thursday, the first time the facility has had enough participants in educational programs to stage a graduation ceremony.

UPDATE: It's hard to predict who'll get reward money in criminal cases

An examination of past payouts indicates that in the money-for-info business, rewards go to a variety of people, from victims, to witnesses, to informants. Riverside has pulled their share from the reward fund.

Legal experts: Bell verdicts bad news for Rizzo

The convictions handed down to five former Bell city council members could give prosecutors a big advantage when they bring ex-Bell city manager Robert Rizzo to trial.