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

Jail abuse: Next sheriff will inherit reformed jail, but problems remain

In the months since a jail abuse report came out, the Sheriff’s Department has taken steps to clean up the jails.

LA jail scandal: 6 employees on trial in federal court

Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the trial of six current and former L.A. County Sheriff's Department employees accused of obstruction of justice.

Giants fan's lawsuit against Dodgers goes to trial Tuesday

Trial begins in a multimillion dollar case against the team by the family of a man left brain damaged after an altercation in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.

LA jail scandal: Mistrial declared in sheriff's deputy trial

The case against Sexton was the first of seven to charge current and former members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Jury deliberates in trial of deputy accused of thwarting FBI probe

Closing arguments came Tuesday in the case of an L.A. County sheriff's deputy who says he was acting on the orders of higher-ups, including former Sheriff Lee Baca.

Trial for sheriff's deputy accused of obstructing justice wrapping up

The first in a series of cases against sheriff's deputies accused of trying to thwart a federal investigation is scheduled to end this week.

Jail abuse: 1st trial of sheriff's deputy focuses on chain of command

The question during Friday's trial of a sheriff's deputy accused of helping obstruct a federal investigation was how high up the conspiracy reached.

Sheriff's deputy trial centers around FBI informant

As part of conspiracy trial, prosecutors and defense attorneys argue about the propriety of giving a cell phone to a jailhouse informant to document jail abuses.

Prosecutors say sheriff employees changed jail policy to thwart investigation

Federal prosecutors said members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department changed the department's inmate visitation policy to thwart an FBI investigation into jailhouse wrongdoing.

LA jail scandal: Trial begins for sheriff's deputy

Trial began Tuesday in a case against an L.A. County sheriff's deputy accused of trying to thwart an investigation into inmate abuse and corruption in L.A.'s jails.

LA jail scandal: 1st of 20 indicted sheriff's deputies faces trial Tuesday

Trial is set to start Tuesday for the first of 20 L.A. County Sheriff's deputies charged in a sweeping investigation into corruption and civil rights violations in L.A.'s county jails.

Jail construction debate heats up in Sacramento

Lobbyists for L.A. County appeared at the state capitol Thursday to ask for help funding a proposed $1.8 billion overhaul of the local jail system.

How LA's top prosecutor wants to keep mentally ill out of jail

Since her election as District Attorney, Jackie Lacey has staked out diverting mentally ill out of the criminal justice system as one of her top priorities.

LA supervisors OK spending $30M on plans for new jail

In a 3-1 vote, with one abstention, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors OK'd a plan to build a new county jail focused on mental health treatment.

LA supervisors to consider $2 billion jail building plan

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday to discuss plans to replace the decrepit Men’s Central Jail. The project could be one of the costliest in L.A.'s history.