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

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.

LAPD watchdog to review ArtWalk response

LAPD's oversight agency will look into police response to protesters and general crowd control measures used during the July 12 ArtWalk in Downtown Los Angeles.

Court to take up controversial DNA database of arrestees

Proposition 69 expanded DNA collection, including taking cheek swabs from individuals arrested on suspicion of crimes like murder, attempted murder, and rape.

Reflecting on the Occupy movement, one year in

On Occupy Wall Street's one-year anniversary, supporters of the movement reflect on where it needs to go to remain relevant.

Murder suspect shot by officers after lengthy chase

A murder suspect led police on a lengthy car chase starting in Echo Park Tuesday evening, ending in the man being shot by officers near Downtown.

Court won't force California to resume executions

L.A. Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler denied the DA's request to force the state to execute two longtime Death Row inmates who've exhausted their appeals.

Commission finds 'deep-seated' problems in LA's county jails

L.A. County's Citizens Commission on Jail Violence heard evidence of problems in jail leadership, as they prepare recommendations for change.

Police say son set his mother on fire, killing her

LAPD officials say a woman died August 30 after being "intentionally set on fire" by her son days earlier. The investigation is ongoing.

Kidnapped bank manager's home searched by detectives

Two men are still on the lam in an East L.A. kidnapping turned bank robbery, as detectives searched the victim's apartment for clues Thursday morning.

East LA bank manager kidnapped, device strapped to her (updated)

The bomb squad responded to an East Los Angeles Bank of America Wednesday, believed to be linked to a kidnapping investigation.

Married fugitives wanted for attempted murder after escape

Darnell Washington escaped jail last week, likely with his wife's help, which was followed by a shootout with an L.A. Sheriff's deputy and a string of car jackings.

More details emerge in death of woman in LAPD custody

On Jully 22, Alesia Thomas stopped breathing while in the back of an LAPD patrol car. Officers called paramedics and Thomas was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Woman dies in LAPD custody, officers under investigation

A woman under investigation for child endangerment died in the back of a patrol car in July, LAPD said Thursday. Five officers are under investigation.