Rina Palta News Reporter
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.
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Friends and family of the victim and suspects flooded the courtroom where four teens accused of beating to death a USC graduate student from China appeared Tuesday.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $20 million proposal for diverting offenders with mental illness out of jail.
In a six-year period, California simultaneously cut its prison population by 23 percent and its violent crime rate by 21 percent--both over the national average.
Legal scholars say the judge's controversial statement is aimed less at shocking the public than asking it to confront its own relationship with the death penalty.
Communal prayer at L.A.'s County jails is now guaranteed for Muslim inmates, following a new directive by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed Tuesday setting aside $20 million for programs that keep mentally ill people out of jails.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will look at suggestions for reducing the county's notoriously high number of mentally ill jail inmates.
With the L.A. Board of Supervisors poised to debate creating a civilian oversight commission later this month, sheriff's candidates weighed in on the issue.
Federal prosecutors told a judge Monday they'll retry an L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Less than a week after six of his colleagues were convicted of trying to obstruct an FBI investigation into jail violence, deputy James Sexton will be recharged.
L.A. County is poised to adopt a new sentencing policy for non-violent felons after years of resistance.
A jury found all of the defendants guilty on obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Two defendants were also found guilty of making false statements.
The ACLU of Southern California and Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law released a report Tuesday calling for alternatives to jail for mentally ill offenders.
William Fujioka, L.A. County's chief executive, will retire in November, he announced Thursday. It comes at a time of uncharacteristic change in L.A. County government.
A new report shows Latinos are disproportionately impacted by crime and the justice system, both as victims and as criminal defendants.