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Rina Palta is a correspondent on KPCC's investigative team.
Prior to that, Rina covered California's social safety net for the station, with a particular focuses on homelessness. She's also served as a news editor for the station and covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at the systems designed to help people who fall into poverty, social welfare, public mental health systems, or criminal justice system — and help many get back on their feet.
Rina came to L.A. from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there focused on California's prison, jails, and law enforcement agencies, and the effect of crime and the criminal justice system on communities.
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
Both suspects in the Bryan Stow case have been ordered to stand trial for assault and battery in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Stow at Dodger Stadium.
Dorene Sanchez testified in the hearing that will decide whether her brother, Louie Sanchez, and her fiancé, Marvin Norwood, will face trial for assault and mayhem.
This morning, the court heard testimony from Mary Dolores Donley, who said she was parked near the spot where Bryan Stow fell to the ground.
On Wednesday, the PEW Center on the States released a study centered around a surprising fact: states now spend $51 billion a year on corrections.
Corey Maciel paused to collect himself while testifying in the preliminary hearing that will determine whether there’s enough evidence to send suspects to trial.
Angel Cortez was fatally shot while in his father's arms Monday night, near the corner of 105th and Hickory Streets in South Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles City Council revoked the operating permit for the Travelers Hotel. Meanwhile, the property's owners and operators vowed to sue the city.
The Travelers has been the “ugliest wart” in a neighborhood full of warts for decades. Now it faces shutdown.
The vote wasn't very close: 24 against, 11 in favor of reducing possession of small amounts of illegal drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor.
The Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit in federal court Thursday on behalf of inmates in California's most isolated, restrictive prison cells.
Judge Thelton Henderson released an order Wednesday regarding California's plan for getting its prison medical system out from under federal receivership.
Brian Banks was a star middle linebacker for Long Beach Polytechnic before a rape accusation sent him to prison for over five years.
To most, street gangs are synonymous with the drug trade, but a new report finds they're increasingly turning to juvenile prostitution for income.
Tuesday's death is at least the third such apparent homicide of a sex offender in a California prison this month and at least the sixth this year.
According to Loyola Law Professor Stan Goldman, the choice generally comes down to how much damage was done and how much damage could have been done.