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
The California Supreme Court is currently considering a case that will determine what the state considers "life without parole" — for juveniles.
Gregory Powell, known as one of the kidnappers whose case was made famous in the book "The Onion Field," has died at age 79.
As Thursday came to a close, despite predictions of clashes between police and visiting Occupy Oakland activists, all was peaceful downtown.
Two have been arrested so far in the hours leading up to what will likely be a large Occupy event—all parties involved say they want tonight to be a peaceful evening.
Last month's Downtown ArtWalk descended into chaos after an Occupy L.A. event called "ChalkWalk" migrated into the main fray of the arts and culture event.
To avoid a potential death penalty, Jared Loughner pled guilty to murdering six people and wounding others in a Tucson shooting spree.
Just after returning to the Los Angeles Police Commission, Andrea Sheridan Ordin is the body's new president.
In a letter, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels urges inmates at the federal supermax in Florence, Colorado to "not lose hope."
The Fullerton City Council Tuesday will decide whether to authorize a study looking into dismantling the city's police department.
Clinton Yates of the Washington Post is right to defend Williams in the wake of Williams' "Crip Walk" celebration after winning the gold medal on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Police Department says it reacted "quickly" to the news of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin by stepping up patrols.
North Kern State Prison is relaxing its restrictions on activites for Muslim prisoners after inmates said they were unfairly kept from required religious activities.
Santa Barbara County is experiencing a bizarre rash of officer-involved shootings this year—7 so far this year, for the county of about 420,000.
The very same day L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the city's new medical marijuana dispensary ban into law, police arrested the owner of a Valley pot shop.
A shooting in broad daylight in Echo Park has police looking for witnesses. Detectives are looking for a man, possibly homeless, who goes by "Chucky."