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

LA jail scandal: 1st of 20 indicted sheriff's deputies faces trial Tuesday

Trial is set to start Tuesday for the first of 20 L.A. County Sheriff's deputies charged in a sweeping investigation into corruption and civil rights violations in L.A.'s county jails.

Jail construction debate heats up in Sacramento

Lobbyists for L.A. County appeared at the state capitol Thursday to ask for help funding a proposed $1.8 billion overhaul of the local jail system.

How LA's top prosecutor wants to keep mentally ill out of jail

Since her election as District Attorney, Jackie Lacey has staked out diverting mentally ill out of the criminal justice system as one of her top priorities.

LA supervisors OK spending $30M on plans for new jail

In a 3-1 vote, with one abstention, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors OK'd a plan to build a new county jail focused on mental health treatment.

LA supervisors to consider $2 billion jail building plan

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday to discuss plans to replace the decrepit Men’s Central Jail. The project could be one of the costliest in L.A.'s history.

Suicidal LA jail inmate, later found dead, was left alone for hours

Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies assigned to check on a suicidal Twin Towers inmate left him alone for nearly three hours, in violation of department protocol.

Family of man killed by LA Co. sheriff's deputies files $25M claim (update)

John Winkler's family filed the claim Tuesday. The sheriff's department said he was accidentally killed by deputies when they mistook him for a kidnapping suspect. A county official said he wants to resolve it quickly.

Long Beach trauma center offers help to violent crime victims

A new trauma recovery center in Long Beach opened this month with the goal of providing counseling services to crime victims who don't usually seek help.

Slain TSA agent's family files $25 million claim over LAX shooting (update)

A law firm has filed a $25 million claim against the City of Los Angeles on behalf of the wife and family of a security screener killed in a gunman's attack at LAX.

More foster parents needed to care for vulnerable kids

L.A. County is desperately trying to find homes for kids with mental illness, who are often bumped around the foster care system and at high risk for poverty and incarceration. It has embarked on an effort to recruit 140 more foster parents.

LA County leaders disagree over foster care reform

A blue ribbon commission report on the ills of L.A. County's foster care system received a mixed reception at the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The panel voted to study it further and revisit the issue on May 20.

Body scanners will replace strip searches at LA County jails

A pilot program to replace strip searchers with body scanners at L.A.'s county is intended to reduce tension between inmates and deputies. It comes as use of force incidents rose slightly over last year.

LA deputies mistakenly shoot hostage; suspect charged with murder

Murder charges have been filed against a man accused of holding three people hostage in a West Hollywood apartment.

Report: LA County must implement reforms at DCFS (update)

The report concluded: "In eight months of hearing hundreds of hours of testimony, the Commission never heard a single person defend our current child safety system." Officials reacting to the report say the entire child welfare system needs to be changed.

La Habra quake: Damage estimates rise, officials seek aid

Orange County sustained about $10.8 million in damage to public property after a 5.1 earthquake shook the region on March 28, according to the latest estimates.