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.
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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.
It's moving week at USC and as students flood into campus over the next few days, they'll be returning to a campus that's revamped security over the summer.
A new report by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice echoes widespread concerns that California may not be on track to quickly reduce its prison population.
That issue came up in a case out of Los Angeles County, in which a 16-year-old shot at three rival gang members, wounding one in the shoulder.
Nune Gevorkyan and her husband Oganes Koshkaryan have been charged with obstruction of justice and, if found guilty, face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison.