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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

Coachella trailer park with sewage problem to get overhaul

A Coachella Valley trailer park adopted by UC Irvine law students because of its distressed state is slated to get a new sewage system, thanks to a state grant.

California prison reform didn't cause crime increase, study finds

Despite complaints from some law enforcement officials that prison reform has caused the current crime spike, a major study has found little effect.

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty to federal charges

Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators looking into abuses in county jails. More than a dozen officials and deputies have been swept up in the probe.

OC Jail escape: 1 inmate turns himself in; escapees were in San Jose

The other two escapees remain on the loose and were with Bac Duong in the San Jose area as of Thursday, before he headed back south and turned himself in without them.

McDade shooting investigation released after legal battle

After years of legal wrangling, a report on the investigation into Kendrec McDade's death was made public Tuesday. The Pasadena man was shot by police in 2012.

Officer Involved: The black box of police shooting investigations

Law enforcement agencies aren't required to report data on police shootings, and few do.

Officer Involved: A call for help

Some of the most troubling police shootings in L.A. County involved people in mental health crisis.

LAPD officers shoot, kill suspect after rear window shattered

The officers exited the vehicle and shot a suspect, who died at the scene. Police have yet to determine what broke the window, and no firearm was recovered.

Inside the conundrum of LA’s Section 8 housing

There is a program out there that’s supposed to help people who can’t afford homes. KPCC’s Rina Palta reports it’s not working so well.

Hard-to-get housing vouchers becoming hard-to-use

Finding decent housing is tough for almost anyone in Southern California right now. But for those poor enough to qualify for government subsidies, it's become near impossible.

LA County merges health departments into mammoth agency

County Supervisors say merger will expand services for neediest residents by reducing bureaucracy and could take on larger issues like homelessness.

LA County supervisors advance plan to replace Men’s Central Jail

County supervisors on Tuesday voted to move ahead on a 3,885-bed facility after putting plans for a larger one on hold while they studied ways to divert mentally ill out of the jail system.

Supervisors propose putting $100 million into jail diversion

On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will vote on putting about $100 million into proposals aimed at diverting mentally ill jail inmates into treatment.

Dr. Mitch Katz and the quest to cure LA's health

L.A. officials are looking to shake up leadership of the county's health, mental health and disease prevention systems. And they could turn to one man to lead them all.

Source: LA Sheriff agrees to new reforms at jails, settles DOJ lawsuit

The settlement agreement seeks to address longstanding problems at Los Angeles County jails.