Rina Palta News Reporter
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.
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A new state agency will oversee prison realignment, the most dramatic change in criminal justice in recent California history.
The campaign to end the death penalty has vastly outraised its opponents in the upcoming battle over Proposition 34, which is scheduled for November's ballot.
Los Angeles police arrested 17 last night after violence broke out between Occupy L.A. protesters and officers at Thursday night's Art Walk in Downtown Los Angeles
L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the arrest of Barbara Jean Davenport, 60, for homicide on Thursday afternoon, citing DNA evidence.
On Friday, a judge will consider whether to order California to restart its stalled system for carrying out capital punishment.
The looming bankruptcy of San Bernardino has local elected officials double-checking their balance sheets to see whether they're in the black.
There are four cities in the United States with at least 2 million residents, and according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles is the safest of them all.
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.
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 is on the decline in Los Angeles, with violent crime particularly taking a drop so far this year compared to last.
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.
Since July 4 fell on a Wednesday, the classic DUI check run over the holiday weekend became a 9-day affair.
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.
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.
A shooting in Southwestern Los Angeles Wednesday night left one dead and others injured. There has been no word of arrests.