Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter
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
According to new stats, Los Angeles is sending 41 percent fewer people to prison now than the county did before prison realignment.
For years, California's had a notoriously large prison system. Due to dramatic reductions, another state is now on top of the list.
The bill, if passed, would limit the domestic uses of unmanned aircraft. Law enforcement agencies would need a warrant to use drones to collect information.
Wrongful convictions happen fairly regularly; what's more shocking is how many people actually plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit.
Come November, Californians will revisit one of the most controversial criminal laws of all time in the state: Three Strikes.
A bill that supporters say would make California's prison system more transparent passed its first stop on a potentially long journey.
Though Kings victory celebrations were generally pretty tame last night, one incident ended in police using foam rubber baton rounds to send celebrants scattering.
LA had 10 jail inmates that cost the county $908,312 between October 2011 and April 2012, according to a report by the Bay Citizen.
Initial findings from the annual Uniform Crime Report are out, and appear to contain good news: violent crime went down 4 percent in 2011 nationwide.
California has long seen itself as a pioneer in medical marijuana, but with the industry in disarray, key localities like LA are not stepping up to the challenge.
After six days of witness testimony and multiple jailhouse recordings, a judge Friday ordered Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood to stand trial.
Both suspects in the Bryan Stow case have been ordered to stand trial for assault and battery in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Stow at Dodger Stadium.
Dorene Sanchez testified in the hearing that will decide whether her brother, Louie Sanchez, and her fiancé, Marvin Norwood, will face trial for assault and mayhem.
This morning, the court heard testimony from Mary Dolores Donley, who said she was parked near the spot where Bryan Stow fell to the ground.
On Wednesday, the PEW Center on the States released a study centered around a surprising fact: states now spend $51 billion a year on corrections.