Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter

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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

Ask a lawyer: Is chalking illegal?

California law says it's illegal to deface public or private property with "inscribed material." What about when that material is easy to wash off?

Police have a person of interest in homeless stabbings

A wave of stabbings has hit L.A.'s homeless population: three victims have been stabbed in the back, with the assailant leaving a "death warrant" at the scene.

Prison system looking to reinvest in rehabilitation

Half of state prisoners come from Los Angeles and its surrounding counties — and return here once they serve their sentences.

Men accused of killing 2 USC students plead not guilty

Bryan Barnes and Javier Bolden both pled not guilty Wednesday in the April killings of two University of Southern California graduate students from China.

Occupy LA asks for an investigation into ArtWalk arrests

A core group of Occupy L.A. members visited the Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday to express discontent with police actions at last Thurday's ArtWalk.

Death sentence reversed for error in jury selection

On Monday, the California Supreme Court reversed the death penalty for a man who killed two women, one of them the mother of Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro

New state agency to look at prison realignment

A new state agency will oversee prison realignment, the most dramatic change in criminal justice in recent California history.

Campaign to end the death penalty raises nearly $3 million

The campaign to end the death penalty has vastly outraised its opponents in the upcoming battle over Proposition 34, which is scheduled for November's ballot.

Mayor, police chief respond to ArtWalk arrests

Los Angeles police arrested 17 last night after violence broke out between Occupy L.A. protesters and officers at Thursday night's Art Walk in Downtown Los Angeles

Niece arrested in killing of LAPD officer's elderly mother

L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the arrest of Barbara Jean Davenport, 60, for homicide on Thursday afternoon, citing DNA evidence.

Can California resume executions? An LA judge will decide

On Friday, a judge will consider whether to order California to restart its stalled system for carrying out capital punishment.

LA leaders looking at finances in wake of bankruptcies

The looming bankruptcy of San Bernardino has local elected officials double-checking their balance sheets to see whether they're in the black.

LAPD Chief: Los Angeles the safest big city in the country

There are four cities in the United States with at least 2 million residents, and according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles is the safest of them all.

LA Sheriff seeing uptick in crime in patrol area

The LA Sheriff's Department is seeing a slight uptick in violent and property crimes in the unincorporated areas of LA County and contract cities that they patrol.

LA considering shipping jail inmates to Central Valley

Los Angeles jails are expected to run out of space by Christmas, a result of prison realignment, which shifted lower level offenders to county jails.