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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

LAPD may change how it deals with racial profiling complaints

The Los Angeles Police Commission is scheduled to take up a proposal to change the way the department handles accusations of racial profiling on Tuesday.

71 marijuana dispensaries have until Tuesday to shut down

The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles has given 71 medical marijuana dispensaries until Tuesday to shut down.

Prop. 36 would change sentences for some repeat offenders

Prop. 36 on the November ballot proposes changing who qualifies for a sentence of life in prison based on their past crimes under the state's Three Strikes law.

Report: Anti-terror centers don't work, may violate rights

A Senate report says the nation has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into so-called anti-terrorist "fusion centers," with little to show for it.

For reformers, juvenile sentencing bill a small victory

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed SB 9, a bill that offers the chance at parole for juveniles sentenced to life in prison.

Third strikers have high rates of drug addiction

New prison data obtained by California Watch and the San Francisco Chronicle sheds some light on Third Strikers, and why repeat offenders reoffend.

Sheriff Lee Baca readies for final jail violence report

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Thursday offered his thoughts on revelations of jail violence, and an impending report on conditions in the county jail.

Uninsured flock to LA Sports Arena for free health care

Care Harbor's fourth annual free health clinic is underway at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, with thousands expected to attend.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to investigate wrongful conviction

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.

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.