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Rina Palta covers the social safety net for KPCC.

Her beat looks at what works and what doesn't about the systems designed to catch people before they fall into poverty, social welfare, public mental health systems, or criminal justice system.

Rina spent the past few years reporting on crime in Southern California. She came to L.A. from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there focused on California's prison, jails, and law enforcement agencies, and how crime and the criminal justice system impact communities.

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

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.

PEW: Long prison terms not worth the money

On Wednesday, the PEW Center on the States released a study centered around a surprising fact: states now spend $51 billion a year on corrections.

Bryan Stow's friend testifies about day of beating

Corey Maciel paused to collect himself while testifying in the preliminary hearing that will determine whether there’s enough evidence to send suspects to trial.

Police asking for help finding killer of Watts child

Angel Cortez was fatally shot while in his father's arms Monday night, near the corner of 105th and Hickory Streets in South Los Angeles.

City Council revokes permit for Skid Row hotel

The Los Angeles City Council revoked the operating permit for the Travelers Hotel. Meanwhile, the property's owners and operators vowed to sue the city.

Skid Row hotel faces shutdown over prostitution, drug claims

The Travelers has been the “ugliest wart” in a neighborhood full of warts for decades. Now it faces shutdown.