Rina Palta Correspondent
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
The number of contraband cell phones confiscated in California prisons has grown exponentially over the past few years, leaving prison officials scrambling.
British director Duncan Roy is among numerous arrestees who claim they were detained for days or months due to federal immigration holds. Read the complete lawsuit.
There's mixed reaction from people involved with Boy Scouting on the release of the organization's so-called “Perversion Files,” documents that detail abuse allegations over decades.
The Oregon Supreme Court ordered the release of the files after a 2010 case brought by a man who had been sexually abused by a Scout leader.
The suit claims L.A. jails violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing wheel chairs, crutches, and other mobility devices to jail inmates who need them.
The Endeavour finally comes to a stop at Exposition Park, about 16 hours behind schedule on its final journey to the California Science Center.
This fall, California voters will take up capital punishment for the first time in decades—an issue where there's no unified voice from law enforcement or victims.
Gang violence in LA has plummeted in the past couple of years, which many attribute to the city’s anti-gang strategy. Now, the city's hoping to expand its reach.
Staff reductions at the Los Angeles Police Departments' Latent Fingerprint Unit have led to a massive backlog of unanalyzed prints.
The Los Angeles Police Commission is scheduled to take up a proposal to change the way the department handles accusations of racial profiling on Tuesday.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles has given 71 medical marijuana dispensaries until Tuesday to shut down.
Prop. 36 on the November ballot proposes changing who qualifies for a sentence of life in prison based on their past crimes under the state's Three Strikes law.
A Senate report says the nation has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into so-called anti-terrorist "fusion centers," with little to show for it.
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed SB 9, a bill that offers the chance at parole for juveniles sentenced to life in prison.
New prison data obtained by California Watch and the San Francisco Chronicle sheds some light on Third Strikers, and why repeat offenders reoffend.