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

LA jail scandal: All 6 Sheriff's officials found guilty on all counts

A jury found all of the defendants guilty on obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Two defendants were also found guilty of making false statements.

ACLU pushing for alternatives to jail for mentally ill

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.

LA County budget czar Bill Fujioka announces retirement

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.

Latinos heavily impacted by justice system, report finds

A new report shows Latinos are disproportionately impacted by crime and the justice system, both as victims and as criminal defendants.

LA County to open new office to oversee child welfare reforms

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a position for a countywide child protection executive who will oversee system reforms.

Report outlines possible child welfare reforms in LA

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 LA jails unconstitutional, says DOJ

Mental health care in Los Angeles County jails is so inadequate that it's unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

Does releasing inmates early cut crime? One study says maybe

A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds some of the first evidence that letting offenders out early under community supervision lowers crime.

Election 2014: Former competitors back Jim McDonnell for LA Sheriff

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.

Election 2014: Activists concerned about possible low voter turnout

Activists concerned about low-voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election held a series of events Monday encouraging Angelenos to vote.

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.