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Rina Palta reports on Southern California's social safety net for KPCC.

Her beat looks at what works and what doesn't about the systems designed to help people who fall into poverty, social welfare, public mental health systems, or criminal justice system — and help many get back on their feet.

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 the effect of crime and the criminal justice system on 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

LA Sheriff seeing uptick in crime in patrol area

The LA Sheriff's Department is seeing a slight uptick in violent and property crimes in the unincorporated areas of LA County and contract cities that they patrol.

LA considering shipping jail inmates to Central Valley

Los Angeles jails are expected to run out of space by Christmas, a result of prison realignment, which shifted lower level offenders to county jails.

Crime down overall in Los Angeles so far in 2012

Crime is on the decline in Los Angeles, with violent crime particularly taking a drop so far this year compared to last.

LAPD looking to reduce its high rate of traffic collisions

Los Angeles paid out almost $24 million in traffic-related incidents involving LAPD officers over the past 9 years and the department is looking for change.

Countywide 9-day DUI crackdown wraps up

Since July 4 fell on a Wednesday, the classic DUI check run over the holiday weekend became a 9-day affair.

Jail violence commission interviews current sheriff's brass

Friday's meeting of the Los Angeles Citizens Commission on Jail Violence featured testimony from several current members of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

500 DUI arrests counted so far in July 4 holiday period

The beginning of the summer brings more drivers to the road and increased traffic patrols looking for drunk drivers. So far this holiday week, police in L.A. County have counted nearly 500 DUI arrests.

Shooting in southwest LA leaves 1 dead

A shooting in Southwestern Los Angeles Wednesday night left one dead and others injured. There has been no word of arrests.

Memorial commemorates 10th anniversary of shooting at LAX

The memorial to Victoria Hen rests in a plot of grass outside LAX’s international terminal.

More details emerge in Cudahy officials FBI probe

Wiretap transcripts allegedly show Cudahy officials, currently under investigation by the FBI, apparently discussing tampering with local elections.

Suns' Steve Nash headed to Lakers

Nash's agent confirmed that the deal was finalized on Wednesday at about 6 p.m.

LA County ban on cannabis dispensaries against state law

A three judge panel at California's Second District Court of Appeals ruled Monday that L.A. County's blanket ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas is "preempted" by state law, which calls for the drug to be made available to those who need it for a legitimate medical purpose.

John Bryson will not face criminal charges

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office will not charge former Commerce Secretary John Bryson in relation to string of car crashes in June.

Fireworks watch: Day 2, big bust in East LA

It's the day before the Fourth of July and police are at the climax of a crackdown on illegal fireworks in L.A. County.

John Bryson's case referred to Los Angeles District Attorney

The Los Angeles District Attorneys office confirmed they're looking at the case of former Commerce Secretary John Bryson to see if criminal charges should be filed.