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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.


Stories by Rina Palta

Police chiefs want a piece of prison realignment funding

Police chiefs in L.A. County say they're bearing much of the brunt of prison realignment without getting any of the resources to manage it.

Paramount man killed in deputy-involved shooting

The L.A. Sheriff's Department says Jose Toloza ran from sheriff's deputies after they confronted him on a Compton street Wednesday around 7:40pm.

UPDATE: LA County sheriff's deputy charged with murder

On Wednesday, LAPD detectives detained veteran Deputy Francisco Gamez on suspicion of homicide. On Thursday, he was formally charged with murder.

Woman charged in murder of man who tried to stop church taggers

Janeth Lopez has been charged with murder, attempted murder and vandalism in connection with the shootings of two men who tried to stop a graffiti attack on a church.

LAPD still trying to attract more women officers

Since 1982, LAPD has been trying to get to the elusive goal of 20% women in its sworn officer ranks, but it still can't hit the mark

Inglewood man killed by Sheriff's Deputies in Willowbrook

Jose de la Trinidad was the passenger in a car that led deputies on a low-speed chase after they attempted to pull it over for a traffic violation.

Martin Hoshino to take over as acting prisons secretary

With Secretary Matt Cate leaving, Martin Hoshino will assume the reigns of one of the world's largest prison systems on Monday morning.

Study: Hiring more police cuts violent crime

A UC Berkeley study released Thursday concludes that a high per capita ratio of police cuts down on violent crime — and saves money.

CA prisons reform isolation units but inmates say more change needed

Prison officials have rolled out reforms in the state's isolation units but some inmates say more changes are needed.

$50,000 reward offered for info on Westlake church murder

Anonymous witnesses have come forward in Sunday's murder outside a Westlake church, but not enough, police said, likely because they're scared.

Lawsuit blocks Prop 35 voter-approved sex trafficking law

A judge has granted a stay temporarily blocking implementation of Prop 35, a voter-approved sex trafficking law, while groups pursue a First Amendment challenge.

When will California's next execution happen?

California voters rejected Proposition 34, reaffirming their support for the death penalty. So when will executions resume? The courts are working on the issue.

Proposition 36: Three Strikes reform passes easily

California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 36, which amends the state's Three Strikes law.

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.