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
L.A. County's Citizens Commission on Jail Violence heard evidence of problems in jail leadership, as they prepare recommendations for change.
LAPD officials say a woman died August 30 after being "intentionally set on fire" by her son days earlier. The investigation is ongoing.
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.
The bomb squad responded to an East Los Angeles Bank of America Wednesday, believed to be linked to a kidnapping investigation.
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.
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.
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.
It looks like court proceedings for Lonnie Franklin, the man accused of being the South Los Angeles "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, will be slow.
The Police Commission codified changes to a counterterrorism program known as "Suspicious Activity Reporting" after civil liberties groups complained.
Chief Charlie Beck said he was "disappointed" when he first heard about members of the LAPD's elite SWAT unit buying and reselling guns at a hefty profit.
A man allegedly opened fire on a group of construction workers from a Hollywood apartment complex, prompting a police search and disrupting rush-hour traffic.
For a mere $1.29 on iTunes, Jay Z's 99 Problems offers some of the cheapest, most comprehensive advice you can find on how to handle a traffic stop.
A federal indictment unsealed Thursday brings charges against 27 members of an alleged meth smuggling operation out of Pomona and Ontario, California.
LAPD arrested a skateboarder on Saturday night, who says he suffered a fractured cheek and swollen nose in the incident that has since sparked protests.
USC faces an issue that all urban schools have: student safety. And the school has a reputation, deserved or not, for being in a "sketchy" area.