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

Police release 911 tape from Rodney King death

Rialto Police have released a tape of the 911 call Cynthia Kelley placed after her fiance, Rodney King apparently fell into his backyard pool and drowned.

For 1st time, US Senate takes up prison solitary confinement

The hearing came just a day after inmates at the federal supermax prison filed a class action lawsuit.

Family of Abdul Arian, killed by LAPD, sues for $120 million

The family's attorney, Jeffrey Galen, said it was the worst case of excessive force he's seen in his 25-year career and that more accountability is needed.

Family of Abdul Arian, killed by LAPD, suing the city

Abdul Arian was shot and killed by LAPD officers after a freeway chase. Now, his family is expected to announce today that they're suing the city.

What caused New York City's dramatic crime drop

Crime is down all over the United States, including in LA, but nowhere has seen a plummet like New York City, where violent crime dropped 30 percent in 10 years.

LAPD officers shoot homicide suspect in North Hollywood

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said officers shot a suspect Thursday. Police had approached a shooting in progresss at about 4:17pm.

Long Beach police arrest 16 alleged Baby Insane Crips

Long Beach Police say the Baby Insane Crips have been active in a series of shootings, robberies, burglaries, and at least one murder in the past few years.

Los Angeles County sending fewer offenders to prison

According to new stats, Los Angeles is sending 41 percent fewer people to prison now than the county did before prison realignment.

California prison system no longer the world's largest

For years, California's had a notoriously large prison system. Due to dramatic reductions, another state is now on top of the list.

Sen. Rand Paul introduces legislation limiting police drones

The bill, if passed, would limit the domestic uses of unmanned aircraft. Law enforcement agencies would need a warrant to use drones to collect information.

Why people plead guilty to crimes they don't commit

Wrongful convictions happen fairly regularly; what's more shocking is how many people actually plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit.

Initiative to change Three Strikes certified for ballot

Come November, Californians will revisit one of the most controversial criminal laws of all time in the state: Three Strikes.

Bill that would widen media access to prisons advances

A bill that supporters say would make California's prison system more transparent passed its first stop on a potentially long journey.

LAPD fired less lethal rounds at rowdy Kings fans

Though Kings victory celebrations were generally pretty tame last night, one incident ended in police using foam rubber baton rounds to send celebrants scattering.

Sick and dying inmates expensive for county jails

LA had 10 jail inmates that cost the county $908,312 between October 2011 and April 2012, according to a report by the Bay Citizen.