Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter
Rina Palta is a Crime and Safety Reporter for KPCC.
Rina spent the past few years reporting on California's prisons, jails, and law enforcement agencies, focusing on how crime and the criminal justice system impact communities. She comes to Southern California from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there on juvenile justice earned a PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
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
USC officials announced security changes Friday for campus and its surrounding area in the wake of the violent murder of a student on July 24.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 3-2 against creating a civilian commission to oversee the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
A new report due out Tuesday by a foster care watchdog says only one reform has seen progress - and the county has not dedicated any new money to the failing system.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called on campus police departments Friday to engage the community and teach students to take responsibility for their safety.
Friends and family of the victim and suspects flooded the courtroom where four teens accused of beating to death a USC graduate student from China appeared Tuesday.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $20 million proposal for diverting offenders with mental illness out of jail.
In a six-year period, California simultaneously cut its prison population by 23 percent and its violent crime rate by 21 percent--both over the national average.
Legal scholars say the judge's controversial statement is aimed less at shocking the public than asking it to confront its own relationship with the death penalty.
Communal prayer at L.A.'s County jails is now guaranteed for Muslim inmates, following a new directive by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed Tuesday setting aside $20 million for programs that keep mentally ill people out of jails.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will look at suggestions for reducing the county's notoriously high number of mentally ill jail inmates.
With the L.A. Board of Supervisors poised to debate creating a civilian oversight commission later this month, sheriff's candidates weighed in on the issue.
Federal prosecutors told a judge Monday they'll retry an L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Less than a week after six of his colleagues were convicted of trying to obstruct an FBI investigation into jail violence, deputy James Sexton will be recharged.
L.A. County is poised to adopt a new sentencing policy for non-violent felons after years of resistance.