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

Sex offender found dead in LA prison cell

Tuesday's death is at least the third such apparent homicide of a sex offender in a California prison this month and at least the sixth this year.

Packing a punch: The difference between assault and battery

According to Loyola Law Professor Stan Goldman, the choice generally comes down to how much damage was done and how much damage could have been done.

Killer of Orange County teen dies on death row

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, death row inmate James Lee Crummel died on Sunday.

California keeps its foreign bought execution drug

California is arguing that it doesn't have to give up its stock of the lethal injection drug sodium thiopental to the federal government.

Brian Banks exonerated: 'I'm here and I remain unbroken'

As Brian Banks stepped on the down escalator of the courthouse, his lawyer presented him with a black sweatshirt with one word on it: "Innocent."

Former Long Beach football star Banks' rape charge dismissed

The rape conviction of once-promising Long Beach high school football star Brian Banks has been dismissed.

Jamiel Shaw's family praises jury's recommendation of death

A jury Wednesday recommended that Pedro Espinoza be sentenced to death for killing high school football player Jamiel Shaw Jr.

Jury recommends death for gang member who killed Jamiel Shaw

The jury has recommended the death penalty for gang member Pedro Espinoza for shooting and killing Los Angeles High School football player Jamiel Shaw Jr.

Poll: Californians want lighter drug penalties

The poll was commissioned by supporters of California State Senator Mark Leno's new bill, SB 1506, which would make simple drug possession a misdemeanor.

No charges filed in Dodger Stadium fight

District Attorney Spokeswoman Jane Robison said the injuries were not serious enough to warrant a felony charge.

Televised police chase ends in crash

After a lengthy chase, and a probably totaled police car, 28-year-old Compton resident Michael Mariano was booked on felony DUI.

Dodger Stadium perfectly safe despite fight, says LAPD

A traffic accident outside Dodger Stadium escalated into a beating after Sunday's win against the St. Louis Cardinals.

873 exonerations nationwide

Researchers at the University of Michigan's Law School release a list of the country's known exonerations since 1989.

LAPD agrees to civil rights protections

The Muslim Public Affairs Council says it's reached an agreement with the LAPD to change the city's Suspicious Activity Reporting program.

Prison medical care $300 million over budget

California Correctional Health Care Services Spokeswoman Nancy Kincaid: it's not that the department is overbudget, but it was underfunded to begin with.