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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Half of state prisoners come from Los Angeles and its surrounding counties — and return here once they serve their sentences.
Bryan Barnes and Javier Bolden both pled not guilty Wednesday in the April killings of two University of Southern California graduate students from China.
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.
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
A new state agency will oversee prison realignment, the most dramatic change in criminal justice in recent California history.
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.
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
L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the arrest of Barbara Jean Davenport, 60, for homicide on Thursday afternoon, citing DNA evidence.
On Friday, a judge will consider whether to order California to restart its stalled system for carrying out capital punishment.
The looming bankruptcy of San Bernardino has local elected officials double-checking their balance sheets to see whether they're in the black.
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.
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.
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.
Crime is on the decline in Los Angeles, with violent crime particularly taking a drop so far this year compared to last.
Los Angeles paid out almost $24 million in traffic-related incidents involving LAPD officers over the past 9 years and the department is looking for change.