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

Court dismisses case against former Miramonte teacher

Prosecutors say the case against Martin Springer has been dropped after the alleged victim declined to testify.

Suspect pleads guilty to murder of 2 USC Chinese grad students (Update)

Police say Barnes and another suspect killed two Chinese engineering students in the West Adams neighborhood. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for the plea.

New sheriff sworn in as Lee Baca retires (Updated)

There's a new sheriff in L.A. County. John Scott was sworn in Thursday as interim head of the nation's largest Sheriff's Department, two hours after Baca officially retired.

LA County Interim Sheriff John Scott will not be a 'placeholder'

Scott pledged to address some of the problems that have led to recent scandals within one of the country's largest law enforcement agencies. He is expected to start on Thursday.

OC Undersheriff John Scott replaces retiring LA County Sheriff Baca (Updated)

Scott retired from the LA County Sheriff's Department, where he rose through the ranks to run the jails. He pledges that the reforms that are underway to clean up the troubled department will continue.

Owner of concrete building not too worried, despite earthquake report

Last week, researchers from the University of California - Berkeley handed over a list of potentially earthquake-vulnerable L.A. buildings to city officials.

Report: Jail cameras critical to investigating inmate abuse

An oversight body of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. found progress in how it handles discipline and inmate abuse allegations. But it also points to areas where there is work to be done.

'Serious' use of force incidents drop in LA County jails

"Serious" use of force incidents dropped in LA County jails in 2013. But the overall use of force rose, especially at Twin Towers Correctional Facility, which houses L.A.'s mentally ill inmates.

LA County Board of Supervisors discuss interim sheriff

The supervisors met out of the public eye in closed session. They have scheduled another meeting for Thursday to again discuss an interim sheriff.

LA County Probation Dept sees decline in employee arrests

Figures released Tuesday show a decline in the number of employees arrested. The employees union president downplayed the statistics, saying they go up and down all the time.

State awards $500 million in jail construction funds

An unusually rowdy meeting of a state corrections board Thursday drew malcontent county sheriffs and anti-jail protesters to an L.A. County jail in Lynwood.

LA County liability costs $89 million in 2012, a 7-year low

L.A. County's risk specialists told the Board of Supervisors that costs associated with litigation have dropped. But they warned it may increase due to recent issues at the sheriff's department.

LA County Board of Supervisors to discuss Baca's replacement

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will convene in closed session Tuesday to discuss temporary replacements for retiring Sheriff Lee Baca.

Talks break down over solution for overcrowded prisons

Talks have broken down between state officials and attorneys representing California prison inmates in a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

4 major public safety proposals in Brown's budget

Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget, released Thursday, contains a host of public safety proposals, some more daring than others.