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

State awards $500 million in jail construction funds

An unusually rowdy meeting of a state corrections board Thursday drew malcontent county sheriffs and anti-jail protesters to an L.A. County jail in Lynwood.

LA County liability costs $89 million in 2012, a 7-year low

L.A. County's risk specialists told the Board of Supervisors that costs associated with litigation have dropped. But they warned it may increase due to recent issues at the sheriff's department.

LA County Board of Supervisors to discuss Baca's replacement

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will convene in closed session Tuesday to discuss temporary replacements for retiring Sheriff Lee Baca.

Talks break down over solution for overcrowded prisons

Talks have broken down between state officials and attorneys representing California prison inmates in a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

4 major public safety proposals in Brown's budget

Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget, released Thursday, contains a host of public safety proposals, some more daring than others.

Process to pick LA County Sheriff Baca's interim successor is underway

There are laws about certifications a sheriff must have. County supervisors and lawyers are working to determine the qualifications for whoever will complete Baca's term.

As Baca withdraws, his possible successors line up

With the L.A. County Sheriff's sudden decision to retire, declared candidates prep for the fight while others consider a run in the June primary.

Update: Sheriff Baca to retire; LAPD deputy chief considering run

Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his plans to retire at the end of the month at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Crime down, officer-involved shootings up in Long Beach

Initial data from 2013 show the lowest violent crime numbers for the city in 41 years. But the number of officer-involved shootings more than doubled in a year.

5 theories explaining the great crime decline

Nationwide, crime has declined massively over the past two decades. And there are plenty of theories on why crime has dropped so much.

Crime rate in Los Angeles continues downward trend

If the statistics hold through the end of Tuesday, Los Angeles will see crime decline for the eleventh straight year in 2013.

Easing the transition for juveniles in custody back to their homes

LA County probation says many kids in custody perform well in juvenile camps, but too many go home and return to juvenile court. Officials seek to lower the recidivism rate by helping ease the transition.

Witness in Venice Beach boardwalk auto rampage: 'He didn't stop'

A witness in a court hearing Tuesday described the driver swerving from side-to-side on the pedestrian walkway.

$1.1 million in funding for crime victim centers coming to LA

The Victims Compensation Program awarded two grants to groups in Los Angeles County Thursday to bring medical and mental health services to crime victims.

Debate over how to best oversee the LA County Sheriff's Dept

Five indictments involving 18 deputies sparked questions over how to effectively oversee the department that runs the largest jail system in the United States.