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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

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.

Defense to review 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer case ballistics

It looks like court proceedings for Lonnie Franklin, the man accused of being the South Los Angeles "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, will be slow.

Police Commission OK's changes to counterterrorism program

The Police Commission codified changes to a counterterrorism program known as "Suspicious Activity Reporting" after civil liberties groups complained.