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 supervisor wants more info on deputy shootings

L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina believes the Board of Supervisors should have more access to deputy-involved shooting investigations – part of an ongoing effort to keep tabs on the sheriff's department.

Lack of interpreters among the barriers to justice in California

When talking about language diversity in California, most think Spanish. But Californians speak over 200 languages — and courts need translators.

Ruling could mean more murderers paroled in California

A federal judge recently struck down portions of two tough-on-crime ballot initiatives that hampered the ability of prisoners to be paroled. The decision could lead to the release of many serious felons.

Cops on horses: Old-fashioned police technique in a modern age

In the 1800s, horse-mounted police officers galloped the countryside of a rural America, chasing cattle rustlers. Today, they are more likely seen in parks and during riots.

LA County Probation finds flaws in electronic monitoring

Management issues and a failure to hold an outside vendor accountable led to serious flaws in a program that monitors offenders in Los Angeles County.

LA County to study civilian oversight of Sheriff's Department

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to study creating a civilian body to monitor the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. But it may not have any real power.

2 plead guilty in beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium (updated)

Louie Sanchez, 31, and Marvin Norwood, 32, were sentenced to eight years and four years in prison respectively. Stow is still recovering from the beating at his Santa Cruz home.

Analysts question jail building proposal, predict further cuts

The LAO, which provides recommendations to the state legislature, released a review Wednesday of Brown's criminal justice proposals, totaling $14.1 billion. Read the full report.

Supervisors approve $1.85M payout in shooting of mentally ill woman

In 2012, an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy shot a woman who was wielding a hammer at a mental health facility. It led to changes on how deputies are trained to deal with people in a mental health crisis.

Initiative to resume Calif. executions begins circulating

No prisoner has been executed since 2006, when the courts ruled California's lethal injection protocol violated the Constitution’s 8th Amendment, which bans cruel and unusual punishment.

DA: Lethal force used against ex-LAPD cop Dorner justified

The San Bernardino County District Attorney issued a report on Christopher Dorner's last stand near Big Bear last year. It found the law enforcement officers involved acted lawfully.

LASD inspector general: 'The power that I have comes from you'

New L.A. County Sheriff's Inspector General Max Huntsman acknowledges he lacks formal power but says the fact all eyes are on the department should help encourage change.

Exclusive: Inmate recalls alleged beating that left him in pool of blood

The victim says he was in the hospital for two weeks after the February, 2009 incident. Two L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies were indicted on Friday.

US Attorney issues another indictment against Sheriff's Dept. (Updated)

Two more sheriff’s deputies are accused of beating an inmate in a 2009 incident that a jail chaplain says he witnessed. Thirteen other deputies were indicted in December.

After guilty plea, families mourn murdered USC students

On Wednesday, Bryan Barnes, 21, pled guilty to murdering Ying Wu and Ming Qu — an admission that will land him in prison for the rest of his life.