Rina Palta News Reporter
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
Friday afternoon, L.A. Superior Court Judge Ronald Rose sentenced Pedro Espinoza to death in the killing of high school football standout Jamiel Shaw Jr. in March 2008.
The March, 2008 murder sparked a debate over local immigration policies and Brown-on-Black violence in L.A. After four years, the case is expected to end Friday.
A new report by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, youth crime levels in California dropped to its lowest level in 2011.
New figures from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation show recidivism rates are down for the second year in a row.
In the last weeks before the Presidential election, 'get out the vote' efforts are in full gear nationwide. In L.A. County, they’re even going behind bars.
The LA County Commission on Human Relations released a report Wednesday which shows hate crimes increased 15 percent during 2011. Read the complete report.
In court documents filed Monday, parents of two slain students accused USC of misrepresenting the safety of the neighborhood around the school.
The number of contraband cell phones confiscated in California prisons has grown exponentially over the past few years, leaving prison officials scrambling.
British director Duncan Roy is among numerous arrestees who claim they were detained for days or months due to federal immigration holds. Read the complete lawsuit.
There's mixed reaction from people involved with Boy Scouting on the release of the organization's so-called “Perversion Files,” documents that detail abuse allegations over decades.
The Oregon Supreme Court ordered the release of the files after a 2010 case brought by a man who had been sexually abused by a Scout leader.
The suit claims L.A. jails violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing wheel chairs, crutches, and other mobility devices to jail inmates who need them.
The Endeavour finally comes to a stop at Exposition Park, about 16 hours behind schedule on its final journey to the California Science Center.
This fall, California voters will take up capital punishment for the first time in decades—an issue where there's no unified voice from law enforcement or victims.
Gang violence in LA has plummeted in the past couple of years, which many attribute to the city’s anti-gang strategy. Now, the city's hoping to expand its reach.