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Rina Palta reports on Southern California's social safety net for KPCC.

Her beat looks at what works and what doesn't about 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 spent the past few years reporting on crime in Southern California. She 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

Sheriff deputy found guilty of obstruction, conspiracy

L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy James Sexton was found guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy Tuesday in his second trial before a federal jury.

Child welfare agency investigating death of Signal Hill boy

The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services says it's launched an internal investigation into whether a Signal Hill boy's death was preventable.

Police don't have to share license plate data, judge rules

An L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled that local police do not have to share license plate data gathered through automatic scanners with the public.

Compton school board member calls for assault weapon reversal

One member of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees is calling for the board to rescind its recent policy change allowing some officers to have assault weapons.

Deputy says he'll call former Sheriff Lee Baca as trial witness

An L.A. County sheriff's deputy on trial for trying to thwart an FBI investigation said he'll call former Sheriff Lee Baca as a witness in his September trial.

Deputy accused in informant-hiding plot returns to court

A Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy accused of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly helping hide an FBI informant returns to court Monday.

Audit finds gaps in LAPD security camera system

An audit by the Office of the Inspector General found the Los Angeles Police Department's station security camera system "inadequate," failing to capture important footage.

Compton school police authorized to carry AR-15 assault weapons

Some community members are upset about plans to beef up campus security by allowing campus police access to the weapons.

High-profile faces join protest of LAPD shooting of mentally ill man

Public attention escalated Thursday over the shooting of a 25-year-old mentally ill man by LAPD officers in South Los Angeles earlier this week.

Family says Compton man beaten by sheriff's deputies

Attorneys for a Compton man injured in a confrontation with sheriff's deputies called for an investigation into the incident --and for criminal charges against the man to be dropped.

Nearly half of LA jails' mentally ill are black, report says

A new report by the L.A.-based activist group Dignity Power Now outlines the impact of jailing large numbers of mentally ill African Americans.

USC upgrades security in the wake of grad student murder

USC officials announced security changes Friday for campus and its surrounding area in the wake of the violent murder of a student on July 24.

LA County leaders vote down civilian oversight of sheriff

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 3-2 against creating a civilian commission to oversee the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

LA foster care watchdog says reforms have slowed

A new report due out Tuesday by a foster care watchdog says only one reform has seen progress - and the county has not dedicated any new money to the failing system.

Campus safety conference convenes blocks away from USC murder site

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called on campus police departments Friday to engage the community and teach students to take responsibility for their safety.