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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.
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The family's attorney, Jeffrey Galen, said it was the worst case of excessive force he's seen in his 25-year career and that more accountability is needed.
Abdul Arian was shot and killed by LAPD officers after a freeway chase. Now, his family is expected to announce today that they're suing the city.
Crime is down all over the United States, including in LA, but nowhere has seen a plummet like New York City, where violent crime dropped 30 percent in 10 years.
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said officers shot a suspect Thursday. Police had approached a shooting in progresss at about 4:17pm.
Long Beach Police say the Baby Insane Crips have been active in a series of shootings, robberies, burglaries, and at least one murder in the past few years.
According to new stats, Los Angeles is sending 41 percent fewer people to prison now than the county did before prison realignment.
For years, California's had a notoriously large prison system. Due to dramatic reductions, another state is now on top of the list.
The bill, if passed, would limit the domestic uses of unmanned aircraft. Law enforcement agencies would need a warrant to use drones to collect information.
Wrongful convictions happen fairly regularly; what's more shocking is how many people actually plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit.
Come November, Californians will revisit one of the most controversial criminal laws of all time in the state: Three Strikes.
A bill that supporters say would make California's prison system more transparent passed its first stop on a potentially long journey.
Though Kings victory celebrations were generally pretty tame last night, one incident ended in police using foam rubber baton rounds to send celebrants scattering.
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.
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.
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.