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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.
Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at 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 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
As L.A. County considers building a new jail, reform advocates push alternatives like "split sentencing," where convicts serve some time outside of jail.
The event marked the fifth night that protests have been in seen in Los Angeles over the verdict in the controversial criminal case.
A protest organized by the ANSWER Coalition began at City Hall and moved on to other sites downtown, while Occupy LA planned a "bike bloc" in Leimert Park. No unrest has been reported.
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Tuesday discussed possible replacements for the crumbling Men’s Central Jail in Downtown L.A. Protesters urged them to look at alternatives.
The Los Angeles DA is challenging the release of a Pasadena man who's admitted raping at least 40 women in California, including 25 in Los Angeles.
According to a construction firm, L.A. County's most dire need is proper facilities for its inmates with mental health, substance abuse and medical problems.
Chief Robert Fager asked for public calm after a video showing one of his officers killing a dog generated outrage from across the world.
In 2011, about 2.3 million people were sent jury summons in L.A. County. About half actually reported for duty. And many of those made excuses to get out of their civic responsibility.
The officer and a county probation officer were searching a home in Willowbrook when they were fired upon Tuesday evening. They are both expected to survive.
Police Commission approves report calling firing of Christopher Dorner "just," as some question how the ex-cop was ever hired in the first place.
Early Sunday morning, a man was fatally shot outside Imperial Courts — the first person killed there since August, 2011.
Bikers, skateboarders, and pedestrians zoomed and meandered down Wilshire Blvd. Sunday, the first CicLAvia event through the city's art deco center.
LAPD has placed additional patrol units on Hollywood Boulevard while the city decides how best to increase police presence in the neighborhood.
The driver of a tow truck that collided with a bus in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning, killing the Metro driver, was not legally permitted to operate in the state.
The FBI keeps statistics on crime in the US, including hate crime. But many religions are excluded, including those who've been increasingly targeted since 9/11.