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 County social workers strike, citing high caseloads

L.A. County social workers say their strike was a last resort after petitioning for months for lower caseloads. Officials say they're already hiring more social workers.

LA County social workers begin strike over caseloads, pay

The union representing about 4,000 social workers in LA County says the county won't hire more employees to deal with under-staffing and unmanageable caseloads.

LA County social workers likely to go on strike Thursday

Negotiations have broken down, at least temporarily, between county executives and the union representing county child welfare workers.

Researchers: LA County camp can be a model to rehab juvenile offenders

A pair of researchers say the transformation of an L.A. youth camp could set a new paradigm for juvenile justice in the county.

LA's social workers protest to demand lighter caseloads

Child welfare workers staged a protest outside the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors a day before the social workers' union returns to contract talks with the county.

LA's winter homeless shelters open for the season

Amid a growing homeless population and dwindling resources, L.A.'s winter shelters open Sunday for the rainier, colder winter season.

LA County deputy delivers holiday meals to military families

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Cham is tasked with easing the transition for employees serving military deployments. On Thanksgiving, that means food.

Inglewood gunman who shot officer taken into custody, hostages freed

The gunman who allegedly shot an Inglewood police officer and holed up with two hostages was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a standoff.

County approves $722,000 settlement in jail inmate lawsuit

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the payout to Dion Starr, who was an inmate in Men's Central Jail in 2006.

California to focus on lowering recidivism rate of ex-prisoners

Kamala Harris is launching a new office that will do research and help find funds to launch programs that are statistically proven to prevent crimes and and rehabilitate criminals.

Witnesses describe chaos as driver swerved down Venice boardwalk

In a preliminary hearing Tuesday, witnesses described a car plowing down the Venice boardwalk, hitting people and stands in its path.

Venice Boardwalk victim's aunt says family 'devastated'

In L.A. for a hearing for the man accused of swerving down the Venice Boardwalk, killing a honeymooning Italian woman, Katia Gruppioni says the family wants justice.

Update: Assemblyman's father killed in Silver Lake

The 78-year-old father of state Rep. Gatto was found dead from a gunshot in his home Wednesday night. Residents of the well-groomed community don’t see much violent crime.

LA County fined for logjam in placing foster children

State regulators have taken the rare step of imposing fines on LA County for not placing children in foster homes quickly enough. Official say a high-call volume and a low pool of foster parents are hindering efforts to resolve the problem.

Stanford studies look at how counties respond to prison realignment

Two papers out of Stanford Law School's Criminal Justice Center look at how realignment is playing out in California counties. It shows local politics can influence how the policy is implemented.