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

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.

FBI: Preliminary data show violent crime down in 2011

Initial findings from the annual Uniform Crime Report are out, and appear to contain good news: violent crime went down 4 percent in 2011 nationwide.

Arizona is the new medical marijuana 'it' state

California has long seen itself as a pioneer in medical marijuana, but with the industry in disarray, key localities like LA are not stepping up to the challenge.

Defendants will stand trial in Bryan Stow beating case

After six days of witness testimony and multiple jailhouse recordings, a judge Friday ordered Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood to stand trial.

Dodger Stadium beating suspects ordered to stand trial

Both suspects in the Bryan Stow case have been ordered to stand trial for assault and battery in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Stow at Dodger Stadium.

Bryan Stow case: Defendant aggressive if drunk, sister says

Dorene Sanchez testified in the hearing that will decide whether her brother, Louie Sanchez, and her fiancé, Marvin Norwood, will face trial for assault and mayhem.

Witness IDs Bryan Stow beating suspects from the stand

This morning, the court heard testimony from Mary Dolores Donley, who said she was parked near the spot where Bryan Stow fell to the ground.