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

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.

Report: Anti-terror centers don't work, may violate rights

A Senate report says the nation has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into so-called anti-terrorist "fusion centers," with little to show for it.

For reformers, juvenile sentencing bill a small victory

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed SB 9, a bill that offers the chance at parole for juveniles sentenced to life in prison.

Third strikers have high rates of drug addiction

New prison data obtained by California Watch and the San Francisco Chronicle sheds some light on Third Strikers, and why repeat offenders reoffend.

Sheriff Lee Baca readies for final jail violence report

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Thursday offered his thoughts on revelations of jail violence, and an impending report on conditions in the county jail.

Uninsured flock to LA Sports Arena for free health care

Care Harbor's fourth annual free health clinic is underway at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, with thousands expected to attend.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to investigate wrongful conviction

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck responded to the case of John Edward Smith, who was released from custody Monday after being exonerated of a 1993 murder charge.

LA man exonerated of murder after 19 years in prison

On Monday, L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg vacated an L.A. man's 19-year-old murder conviction, and he walked free hours later.

Changes in juvenile sentencing felt in LA

On Friday, Giovanni Hernandez was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for the murder of Gary Ortiz and attempted murder of Rudy De La Torre in 2006.

Neighborhoods respond differently to meetings on use of force

LAPD is in the middle of hosting a series of community meetings following three highly publicized use of force incidents in recent weeks.