Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter

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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

LAPD still trying to attract more women officers

Since 1982, LAPD has been trying to get to the elusive goal of 20% women in its sworn officer ranks, but it still can't hit the mark

Inglewood man killed by Sheriff's Deputies in Willowbrook

Jose de la Trinidad was the passenger in a car that led deputies on a low-speed chase after they attempted to pull it over for a traffic violation.

Martin Hoshino to take over as acting prisons secretary

With Secretary Matt Cate leaving, Martin Hoshino will assume the reigns of one of the world's largest prison systems on Monday morning.

Study: Hiring more police cuts violent crime

A UC Berkeley study released Thursday concludes that a high per capita ratio of police cuts down on violent crime — and saves money.

CA prisons reform isolation units but inmates say more change needed

Prison officials have rolled out reforms in the state's isolation units but some inmates say more changes are needed.

$50,000 reward offered for info on Westlake church murder

Anonymous witnesses have come forward in Sunday's murder outside a Westlake church, but not enough, police said, likely because they're scared.

Lawsuit blocks Prop 35 voter-approved sex trafficking law

A judge has granted a stay temporarily blocking implementation of Prop 35, a voter-approved sex trafficking law, while groups pursue a First Amendment challenge.

When will California's next execution happen?

California voters rejected Proposition 34, reaffirming their support for the death penalty. So when will executions resume? The courts are working on the issue.

Proposition 36: Three Strikes reform passes easily

California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 36, which amends the state's Three Strikes law.

California voters keep the death penalty, reject Prop 34

Proposition 34, the initiative that would have replaced the death penalty with life without parole in California, failed by more than 5 points.

LA Sheriff's department changes policy on sex in public

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is changing its policy towards lewd conduct, moving towards a policy that differs from many other law enforcement agencies in this country.

Pedro Espinoza sentenced to death in Jamiel Shaw Jr. murder

Friday afternoon, L.A. Superior Court Judge Ronald Rose sentenced Pedro Espinoza to death in the killing of high school football standout Jamiel Shaw Jr. in March 2008.

Judge expected to rule on death penalty for Jamiel Shaw's murderer

The March, 2008 murder sparked a debate over local immigration policies and Brown-on-Black violence in L.A. After four years, the case is expected to end Friday.

Juvenile crime drops to record low in CA

A new report by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, youth crime levels in California dropped to its lowest level in 2011.

Report: Drug treatment has vast effect on reoffending

New figures from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation show recidivism rates are down for the second year in a row.