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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

Report on wasteful DHS spending targets Oxnard-Thousand Oaks

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.

Lynwood family asking for help finding father's killers

On Nov. 20, Luis Valadez was robbed and shot to death in his Lynwood market on Long Beach Blvd. Police hope witnesses will come forward.

New details in alleged murder by LA sheriff's deputy

An autopsy report describes the death of a man allegedly shot by an off-duty LA County sheriff's deputy as a drive-by shooting.

Dale Hurd convicted of 1993 murder after third trial

Dale Hurd has been tried three times for killing his wife in 1993. Prosecutors hope Thursday's guilty verdict will be the final word in the case.

Why some defendants, against all odds, go it alone

Two defendants in high-profile cases in Los Angeles invoked their constitutional right to act as their own attorneys. An expert says it's not good legal strategy.

Man accused of attacking Giants fan to represent himself

Louie Sanchez, accused of sucker-punching a Giants fan the Dodger Stadium parking lot and leaving the victim with brain damage, is acting as his own attorney.

Jose Luis Saenz appears in downtown LA courtroom

Jose Luis Saenz, fresh off an appearance in a Pomona courtroom Monday, appeared in Downtown L.A. Tuesday to face three additional murder charges.

Evidence "voluminous" in Giants fan's beating case

The case will not be heard this year, as defense attorneys need months to review mounds of documents that will likely be presented at trial.

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.