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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.


Stories by Rina Palta

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.

LA's jail plans need further study

L.A County Sheriff Lee Baca's proposal for a nearly $1 billion jail construction project needs thorough evaluation, county supervisors decided Tuesday.

Ex-colleague: LA's new jails chief does 'not suffer fools well'

The largest jail system in the country has a new manager, Terri McDonald, who takes over as L.A. County’s Assistant Sheriff for Custody on Monday.

LA County's probation chief urges his employees to be honest

L.A.'s Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers sent a directive to his 6,100 employees Wednesday, reminding them to be honest.

7 third strike inmates get shorter sentences in LA County

Seven inmates serving life sentences on Third Strike convictions had their sentences reduced Thursday thanks to Prop 36. They'll be released from state prison soon.

Third strike inmates ask for shorter sentences under Prop 36

A Los Angeles man serving 25 years to life for stealing a stereo is among 10 inmates asking a judge for reduced sentences Thursday.

LAPD's impound policy not showing safety results yet

About a year ago, LAPD slackened its policy on impounding cars of unlicensed drivers for 30 days, and since, total impounds have dropped 39 percent.

Life in prison for gang member who murdered LA County deputy

As a row of Los Angeles County deputy sheriff’s looked on, a Superior Court Judge imposed consecutive sentences of 65 years to life in prison.

Deputy's 2008 murder helped inspire change in Northeast LA

Sentencing is set for Monday for Jose Renteria, convicted last month in the fatal drive by shooting of Sheriff''s Deputy Juan Abel Escalante. His death helped change a neighborhood.

Valley "safety zone" would be LA's 45th gang injunction

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Thursday proposed a new gang injunction that would create a 2.7-square-mile "safety zone" in the North Hills area.