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

Art Walk drama-free; no arrests despite chalking

As Thursday came to a close, despite predictions of clashes between police and visiting Occupy Oakland activists, all was peaceful downtown.

Police make arrests hours before start of ArtWalk/ChalkWalk [Updated]

Two have been arrested so far in the hours leading up to what will likely be a large Occupy event—all parties involved say they want tonight to be a peaceful evening.

ChalkWalk returns to Downtown L.A.'s ArtWalk

Last month's Downtown ArtWalk descended into chaos after an Occupy L.A. event called "ChalkWalk" migrated into the main fray of the arts and culture event.

Death as a bargaining chip: necessary or evil?

To avoid a potential death penalty, Jared Loughner pled guilty to murdering six people and wounding others in a Tucson shooting spree.

Police Commission elects new president

Just after returning to the Los Angeles Police Commission, Andrea Sheridan Ordin is the body's new president.

A look at Jared Loughner's probable new home: Supermax prison

In a letter, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels urges inmates at the federal supermax in Florence, Colorado to "not lose hope."

Fullerton considers dismantling police department

The Fullerton City Council Tuesday will decide whether to authorize a study looking into dismantling the city's police department.

Serena Williams: Should an Olympic champion do the Crip Walk?

Clinton Yates of the Washington Post is right to defend Williams in the wake of Williams' "Crip Walk" celebration after winning the gold medal on Saturday.

LAPD steps up patrols of Sikh temples; no known threats

The Los Angeles Police Department says it reacted "quickly" to the news of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin by stepping up patrols.

Prison relaxing its restrictions on Muslim inmates

North Kern State Prison is relaxing its restrictions on activites for Muslim prisoners after inmates said they were unfairly kept from required religious activities.

Santa Barbara sees an uptick in officer-involved shootings

Santa Barbara County is experiencing a bizarre rash of officer-involved shootings this year—7 so far this year, for the county of about 420,000.

LAPD serves warrants on San Fernando Valley pot shop

The very same day L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the city's new medical marijuana dispensary ban into law, police arrested the owner of a Valley pot shop.

Police looking for 'Chucky' in Echo Park murder

A shooting in broad daylight in Echo Park has police looking for witnesses. Detectives are looking for a man, possibly homeless, who goes by "Chucky."

Family of man shot by sheriff's deputy to receive $900,000

On Tuesday, the L.A. Board of Supervisors approved nearly $2 million in settlements in lawsuits against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Ex-Lynwood officials guilty of misappropriating funds

A jury found ex-Lynwood City Council members Louis Byrd and Fernando Pedroza guilty of misappropriation of public money and taking in excess of $65,000.