Rina Palta News Reporter
Rina Palta reports on Southern California's social safety net for KPCC.
Her beat looks at what works and what doesn't about the systems designed to help people who fall into poverty, social welfare, public mental health systems, or criminal justice system — and help many get back on their feet.
Rina spent the past few years reporting on crime in Southern California. She came to L.A. from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there focused on California's prison, jails, and law enforcement agencies, and the effect of crime and the criminal justice system on communities.
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.
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Federal officials say LAPD arrested Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, of North Hills Thursday night. They accuse her of being a woman in a photo allegedly showing child pornography.
A California appeals court reluctantly overturned a 2009 rape conviction Wednesday, finding that impersonating a boyfriend is not the same as impersonating a husband, according to an arcane state law.
The investigation also yielded a warrant for the arrest of two unidentified adults (above) accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl in the LA area in about 2001.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged two young men on Wednesday in connection with the Christmas Day murder of Victor McClinton.
The past year saw the second lowest number of officers killed in the line of duty in 50 years. In 2012, 127 law enforcement officers died while working.
Just about every cab in the city is expected to be out tonight, but that surely won't be enough to accommodate all the revlers in town.
The card campaign continues through the end of the year, with a goal of sending 10,000 cards to inmates throughout the country who've suffered sexual abuse.
If confirmed, Jeffrey Beard will lead one of the largest prison systems in the nation, rattled by transition and mired in politics.
Governor Jerry Brown today nominated a new Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Wednesday.
Replacing broken down patrol cars and installing systemwide dashboard cameras are at the top of LAPD's budgetary wish list in the next fiscal year.
The Los Angeles DA's Office declined to file charges against Kyle Bangayan, a 24-year-old Pomona man arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening L.A. school kids.
The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer detain some suspected undocumented immigrants on behalf of federal immigration authorities.
State Senator Ted Lieu claims more parolees are cutting off their GPS monitors. State prison officials say they can't verify the claim.
Azusa Police Lt. Mike Bertelsen says the three bodies found in Thursday's house fire at 525 N. Dalton Ave. had been shot.
The Oxnard-Thousand Oaks area saw a near-historic drop in crime in the past few years, but that didn't stop the region from seeking millions of dollars in anti-terrorism funds.