Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter
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
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.
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.
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.
LAPD is in the middle of hosting a series of community meetings following three highly publicized use of force incidents in recent weeks.
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.
Proposition 69 expanded DNA collection, including taking cheek swabs from individuals arrested on suspicion of crimes like murder, attempted murder, and rape.
On Occupy Wall Street's one-year anniversary, supporters of the movement reflect on where it needs to go to remain relevant.
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.
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.
L.A. County's Citizens Commission on Jail Violence heard evidence of problems in jail leadership, as they prepare recommendations for change.
LAPD officials say a woman died August 30 after being "intentionally set on fire" by her son days earlier. The investigation is ongoing.
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.
The bomb squad responded to an East Los Angeles Bank of America Wednesday, believed to be linked to a kidnapping investigation.
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.
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.