Rina Palta Correspondent
Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.
Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also 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
Some L.A. council members want to create a committee to develop a comprehensive homeless policy. Among the questions: whether L.A. should hire a homeless czar.
Cities across the country are rushing to house all homeless veterans by the end of this year, a goal set by the Obama administration. Some are falling through the cracks.
It's been a year since a commission declared a "state of emergency" in L.A.'s child welfare system and proposed dozens of reforms. How do we know if they're working?
L.A.'s public safety leaders are considering a proposal to save the county's drug courts by offering higher level offenders an opportunity to participate.
L.A. County's proposed budget rose to $26.9 billion this year. Most of the slight increase will go to jails, public health, and foster care.
The L.A. City Council Wednesday is slated to vote on expanding a model for rapidly housing homeless individuals. The "coordinated entry" system began on Skid Row.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department wants to hire 77 employees as part of an anticipated agreement with the federal government on improving jail conditions.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to loosen restrictions on who can apply for Section 8 rental vouchers. Parole and probation are no longer forbidden.
Traditionally, services for the homeless have been concentrated in L.A.'s Skid Row. But service providers are making a push to the suburbs, where many homeless live.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to lift restrictions on who has access to public assistance for housing to allow ex-cons.
It's been almost a year since a blue ribbon panel declared a "state of emergency" in L.A. county's child welfare system. A new report says there's been some progress since.
A research team found youth in L.A. County's juvenile justice system had fallen through cracks in the county's social services — something that could be prevented with better data sharing.
A county official said the Housing Authority is hoping to add hundreds of housing vouchers for homeless veterans a day after KPCC reported the county was falling short.
Among the cost-saving targets of the Republicans' federal budget proposal unveiled this week is food stamps — and that's worrisome to some.
Drug courts have been heralded as a successful and humane option for drug addicts. But when Proposition 47 made possession a misdemeanor, it limited eligibility to enroll in drug courts.