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

Trial for sheriff's deputy accused of obstructing justice wrapping up

The first in a series of cases against sheriff's deputies accused of trying to thwart a federal investigation is scheduled to end this week.

Jail abuse: 1st trial of sheriff's deputy focuses on chain of command

The question during Friday's trial of a sheriff's deputy accused of helping obstruct a federal investigation was how high up the conspiracy reached.

Sheriff's deputy trial centers around FBI informant

As part of conspiracy trial, prosecutors and defense attorneys argue about the propriety of giving a cell phone to a jailhouse informant to document jail abuses.

Prosecutors say sheriff employees changed jail policy to thwart investigation

Federal prosecutors said members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department changed the department's inmate visitation policy to thwart an FBI investigation into jailhouse wrongdoing.

LA jail scandal: Trial begins for sheriff's deputy

Trial began Tuesday in a case against an L.A. County sheriff's deputy accused of trying to thwart an investigation into inmate abuse and corruption in L.A.'s jails.

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.