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 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.

LAX shooting: Bonin calls for community-oriented disaster planning at airport

The Los Angeles International Airport was unprepared for evacuating and communicating with passengers and the surrounding community during November's shooting, the councilman said.

LAPD: Man accused of shooting officer at station had applied for LAPD job

The LAPD says suspect Daniel Christopher Yealu had at least five more weapons in his apartment and dozens of rounds of ammunition. Neighbors at the apartment complex described a man matching Yealu's description as a loner.

Report: California crime victims have trouble getting help

Researchers convened focus groups of people touched by violent crime and found many who said they had trouble accessing programs. They are calling on officials to make it easier to access services.

Friday's 5.1 OC earthquake caused $2.6 million in damage

Repair costs for the three cities hardest hit are not enough to qualify automatically for federal disaster assistance, but an expert says they can appeal.

Study: Less kids in California prisons, but minority percentage is high

The number of juveniles incarcerated in the U.S. has dropped dramatically – including California. But not all ethnic and racial groups have benefitted equally.

LA County says foster care lawyers overwhelmed

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Tuesday joined a chorus of public officials calling for investment in California's child welfare court system.

Orange County officials mull applying for earthquake aid

Local leaders in cities and towns most impacted by Friday's earthquake huddled in meetings Monday to tally the damages and determine whether to apply for aid.

Lawsuit: LA Sheriff's 'gang' harassed female trainees

An L.A. Sheriff's deputy has sued the department, claiming female trainees at the East L.A. station were routinely harassed by male training officers.

Ex-UCLA athletics official facing child porn charges

Michael Sondheimer, once the associate athletic director at the UCLA, is accused of having child pornography on his university work computer.

ACLU says LA jails deny Muslim inmates right to worship

In a letter sent to the sheriff's department Friday morning, the ACLU complains other groups are allowed communal worship, but not Muslims.

LA's jails at their most crowded in years

L.A.'s jails are experiencing their highest population numbers in years – a result, officials say, of the state's prison realignment law.

LA County approves drawing up plans for new women's jail

The Board of Supervisors took a significant step Tuesday towards constructing a new women's jail in Lancaster using state funds. Critics urged supervisors to look at alternatives.

LA County supervisors to get access to deputy shooting files

The board's efforts to oversee the sheriff's department continued with a process for requesting the files of deputies involved in shootings. Supervisors said it's needed to help evaluate potential payouts.

Los Angeles inmate still missing in rare jail escape

The 37-year old Christopher Lee Brown had just been sentenced to four years in jail for burglary and identity theft when he walked out of jail in downtown L.A.