Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter
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
The ACLU of Southern California and Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law released a report Tuesday calling for alternatives to jail for mentally ill offenders.
William Fujioka, L.A. County's chief executive, will retire in November, he announced Thursday. It comes at a time of uncharacteristic change in L.A. County government.
A new report shows Latinos are disproportionately impacted by crime and the justice system, both as victims and as criminal defendants.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a position for a countywide child protection executive who will oversee system reforms.
A draft report compiled by county outlines proposed changes to the county's child welfare system — and how difficult some of those changes might be.
Mental health care in Los Angeles County jails is so inadequate that it's unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds some of the first evidence that letting offenders out early under community supervision lowers crime.
Two candidates for L.A. County Sheriff who didn't make the November runoff election immediately endorsed current Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell for the post.
Activists concerned about low-voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election held a series of events Monday encouraging Angelenos to vote.
In the months since a jail abuse report came out, the Sheriff’s Department has taken steps to clean up the jails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.