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

'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.

Should California fix or nix its death penalty?

This fall, California voters will take up capital punishment for the first time in decades—an issue where there's no unified voice from law enforcement or victims.

LA's gang intervention strategy headed to El Salvador

Gang violence in LA has plummeted in the past couple of years, which many attribute to the city’s anti-gang strategy. Now, the city's hoping to expand its reach.

LAPD's fingerprint backlog would cost $3 million to analyze

Staff reductions at the Los Angeles Police Departments' Latent Fingerprint Unit have led to a massive backlog of unanalyzed prints.

LAPD may change how it deals with racial profiling complaints

The Los Angeles Police Commission is scheduled to take up a proposal to change the way the department handles accusations of racial profiling on Tuesday.

71 marijuana dispensaries have until Tuesday to shut down

The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles has given 71 medical marijuana dispensaries until Tuesday to shut down.

Prop. 36 would change sentences for some repeat offenders

Prop. 36 on the November ballot proposes changing who qualifies for a sentence of life in prison based on their past crimes under the state's Three Strikes law.