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

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.

'Get out the vote' efforts go behind bars into LA's jails

In the last weeks before the Presidential election, 'get out the vote' efforts are in full gear nationwide. In L.A. County, they’re even going behind bars.

Updated: Hate crimes jump 15 percent in LA County

The LA County Commission on Human Relations released a report Wednesday which shows hate crimes increased 15 percent during 2011. Read the complete report.

Murdered students' parents accuse USC of misrepresenting crime

In court documents filed Monday, parents of two slain students accused USC of misrepresenting the safety of the neighborhood around the school.

CA prison tries high-tech approach to contraband cell phones

The number of contraband cell phones confiscated in California prisons has grown exponentially over the past few years, leaving prison officials scrambling.

UPDATE: ACLU: LA County Sheriff illegally held immigrants at jail

British director Duncan Roy is among numerous arrestees who claim they were detained for days or months due to federal immigration holds. Read the complete lawsuit.

Southland scouts react to release of 'Perversion Files'

There's mixed reaction from people involved with Boy Scouting on the release of the organization's so-called “Perversion Files,” documents that detail abuse allegations over decades.

More than 1,000 Boy Scouts 'perversion files' released

The Oregon Supreme Court ordered the release of the files after a 2010 case brought by a man who had been sexually abused by a Scout leader.

Judge certifies class action against LA sheriff's department

The suit claims L.A. jails violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing wheel chairs, crutches, and other mobility devices to jail inmates who need them.

Photos: The Endeavour arrives at California Science Center

The Endeavour finally comes to a stop at Exposition Park, about 16 hours behind schedule on its final journey to the California Science Center.