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

DA: Lethal force used against ex-LAPD cop Dorner justified

The San Bernardino County District Attorney issued a report on Christopher Dorner's last stand near Big Bear last year. It found the law enforcement officers involved acted lawfully.

LASD inspector general: 'The power that I have comes from you'

New L.A. County Sheriff's Inspector General Max Huntsman acknowledges he lacks formal power but says the fact all eyes are on the department should help encourage change.

Exclusive: Inmate recalls alleged beating that left him in pool of blood

The victim says he was in the hospital for two weeks after the February, 2009 incident. Two L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies were indicted on Friday.

US Attorney issues another indictment against Sheriff's Dept. (Updated)

Two more sheriff’s deputies are accused of beating an inmate in a 2009 incident that a jail chaplain says he witnessed. Thirteen other deputies were indicted in December.

After guilty plea, families mourn murdered USC students

On Wednesday, Bryan Barnes, 21, pled guilty to murdering Ying Wu and Ming Qu — an admission that will land him in prison for the rest of his life.

Court dismisses case against former Miramonte teacher

Prosecutors say the case against Martin Springer has been dropped after the alleged victim declined to testify.

Suspect pleads guilty to murder of 2 USC Chinese grad students (Update)

Police say Barnes and another suspect killed two Chinese engineering students in the West Adams neighborhood. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for the plea.

New sheriff sworn in as Lee Baca retires (Updated)

There's a new sheriff in L.A. County. John Scott was sworn in Thursday as interim head of the nation's largest Sheriff's Department, two hours after Baca officially retired.

LA County Interim Sheriff John Scott will not be a 'placeholder'

Scott pledged to address some of the problems that have led to recent scandals within one of the country's largest law enforcement agencies. He is expected to start on Thursday.

OC Undersheriff John Scott replaces retiring LA County Sheriff Baca (Updated)

Scott retired from the LA County Sheriff's Department, where he rose through the ranks to run the jails. He pledges that the reforms that are underway to clean up the troubled department will continue.

Owner of concrete building not too worried, despite earthquake report

Last week, researchers from the University of California - Berkeley handed over a list of potentially earthquake-vulnerable L.A. buildings to city officials.

Report: Jail cameras critical to investigating inmate abuse

An oversight body of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. found progress in how it handles discipline and inmate abuse allegations. But it also points to areas where there is work to be done.

'Serious' use of force incidents drop in LA County jails

"Serious" use of force incidents dropped in LA County jails in 2013. But the overall use of force rose, especially at Twin Towers Correctional Facility, which houses L.A.'s mentally ill inmates.

LA County Board of Supervisors discuss interim sheriff

The supervisors met out of the public eye in closed session. They have scheduled another meeting for Thursday to again discuss an interim sheriff.

LA County Probation Dept sees decline in employee arrests

Figures released Tuesday show a decline in the number of employees arrested. The employees union president downplayed the statistics, saying they go up and down all the time.