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

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.

Long Beach Police shoot armed suspect

An officer with the Long Beach Police Department shot and injured a man last night in what started as a traffic stop. According to LBPD, an officer--whose name is being witheld in accordance with the California Peace Officers Bill of Rights--was driving his patrol car near Atlantic Avenue and E.

Correctional officers choose their candidates

The politically powerful California Correctional Peace Officers Association has picked its candidates for the state legislature.

Obama issues new standards for combating prison rape

For at least as long as we've had HBO, our society has been aware of an intractable truth: people get raped in prison.

'Jump Out Boys' investigation launches

Suspended sheriffs deputies' conduct will be examined by the Internal Affairs division.

Brown backs off plan to shut down youth prisons

Alongside the much-publicized budget cuts, one state agency has been quietly spared: the Division of Juvenile Justice, formerly known as the California Youth Authority.