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

Fullerton considers dismantling police department

The Fullerton City Council Tuesday will decide whether to authorize a study looking into dismantling the city's police department.

Serena Williams: Should an Olympic champion do the Crip Walk?

Clinton Yates of the Washington Post is right to defend Williams in the wake of Williams' "Crip Walk" celebration after winning the gold medal on Saturday.

LAPD steps up patrols of Sikh temples; no known threats

The Los Angeles Police Department says it reacted "quickly" to the news of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin by stepping up patrols.

Prison relaxing its restrictions on Muslim inmates

North Kern State Prison is relaxing its restrictions on activites for Muslim prisoners after inmates said they were unfairly kept from required religious activities.

Santa Barbara sees an uptick in officer-involved shootings

Santa Barbara County is experiencing a bizarre rash of officer-involved shootings this year—7 so far this year, for the county of about 420,000.

LAPD serves warrants on San Fernando Valley pot shop

The very same day L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the city's new medical marijuana dispensary ban into law, police arrested the owner of a Valley pot shop.

Police looking for 'Chucky' in Echo Park murder

A shooting in broad daylight in Echo Park has police looking for witnesses. Detectives are looking for a man, possibly homeless, who goes by "Chucky."

Family of man shot by sheriff's deputy to receive $900,000

On Tuesday, the L.A. Board of Supervisors approved nearly $2 million in settlements in lawsuits against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Ex-Lynwood officials guilty of misappropriating funds

A jury found ex-Lynwood City Council members Louis Byrd and Fernando Pedroza guilty of misappropriation of public money and taking in excess of $65,000.

NBA player Matt Barnes out of jail after arrest, alleged threat

L.A. Lakers forward Matt Barnes has been released from jail after being arrested on suspicion of threatening a police officer, plus driving on a suspended license.

Sheriff's deputy charged with perjury in drug case

An L.A. Sheriff's Deputy has been charged with perjury and filing a false police report. Francisco Enriguez was released on $45,000 bail.

Activists call on CA Attorney General to investigate Anaheim

Members of the Latino rights group Presente.org called on Kamala Harris to investigate the Anaheim Police Department after a rash of officer-involved shootings.

Anaheim cancels Neighborhood Council meetings

Some community leaders in Anaheim's south and central neighborhoods are upset that someone in the city thought it necessary to cancel community meetings.

Bus Riders Union gearing up for City Hall protest

Members of L.A.'s Bus Riders Union were amassing on the steps of City Hall Wednesday morning for a noon protest against cuts to public transportation.

Business owners accuse protests of eroding progress in DTLA

Downtown business owners asked the City Council Tuesday to step in and "do something" about what they said was an assault on years of improvements in the district.