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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.
Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at 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 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
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says gun laws may not be perfect, but he adds that laws dictate behavior and California's gun laws have made us safer.
L.A. County's reputation as a crime capital is beginning to wane. Sheriff Lee Baca released statistics that indicate declines in crime - including in Compton.
McClinton's death has become one of several local crimes that's generated questions about California's prison realignment program.
L.A. officials say the city's historic crime drop results in part from a bigger, more effective police department, compared with 2005.
Newly sworn-in State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D, Los Angeles) said he'll introduce legislation to alter an "unfair" loophole in California's rape laws.
Federal officials say LAPD arrested Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, of North Hills Thursday night. They accuse her of being a woman in a photo allegedly showing child pornography.
A California appeals court reluctantly overturned a 2009 rape conviction Wednesday, finding that impersonating a boyfriend is not the same as impersonating a husband, according to an arcane state law.
The investigation also yielded a warrant for the arrest of two unidentified adults (above) accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl in the LA area in about 2001.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged two young men on Wednesday in connection with the Christmas Day murder of Victor McClinton.
The past year saw the second lowest number of officers killed in the line of duty in 50 years. In 2012, 127 law enforcement officers died while working.
Just about every cab in the city is expected to be out tonight, but that surely won't be enough to accommodate all the revlers in town.
The card campaign continues through the end of the year, with a goal of sending 10,000 cards to inmates throughout the country who've suffered sexual abuse.
If confirmed, Jeffrey Beard will lead one of the largest prison systems in the nation, rattled by transition and mired in politics.
Governor Jerry Brown today nominated a new Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Wednesday.
Replacing broken down patrol cars and installing systemwide dashboard cameras are at the top of LAPD's budgetary wish list in the next fiscal year.