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

Process to pick LA County Sheriff Baca's interim successor is underway

There are laws about certifications a sheriff must have. County supervisors and lawyers are working to determine the qualifications for whoever will complete Baca's term.

As Baca withdraws, his possible successors line up

With the L.A. County Sheriff's sudden decision to retire, declared candidates prep for the fight while others consider a run in the June primary.

Update: Sheriff Baca to retire; LAPD deputy chief considering run

Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his plans to retire at the end of the month at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Crime down, officer-involved shootings up in Long Beach

Initial data from 2013 show the lowest violent crime numbers for the city in 41 years. But the number of officer-involved shootings more than doubled in a year.

5 theories explaining the great crime decline

Nationwide, crime has declined massively over the past two decades. And there are plenty of theories on why crime has dropped so much.

Crime rate in Los Angeles continues downward trend

If the statistics hold through the end of Tuesday, Los Angeles will see crime decline for the eleventh straight year in 2013.

Easing the transition for juveniles in custody back to their homes

LA County probation says many kids in custody perform well in juvenile camps, but too many go home and return to juvenile court. Officials seek to lower the recidivism rate by helping ease the transition.

Witness in Venice Beach boardwalk auto rampage: 'He didn't stop'

A witness in a court hearing Tuesday described the driver swerving from side-to-side on the pedestrian walkway.

$1.1 million in funding for crime victim centers coming to LA

The Victims Compensation Program awarded two grants to groups in Los Angeles County Thursday to bring medical and mental health services to crime victims.

Debate over how to best oversee the LA County Sheriff's Dept

Five indictments involving 18 deputies sparked questions over how to effectively oversee the department that runs the largest jail system in the United States.

LA County social workers strike, citing high caseloads

L.A. County social workers say their strike was a last resort after petitioning for months for lower caseloads. Officials say they're already hiring more social workers.

LA County social workers begin strike over caseloads, pay

The union representing about 4,000 social workers in LA County says the county won't hire more employees to deal with under-staffing and unmanageable caseloads.

LA County social workers likely to go on strike Thursday

Negotiations have broken down, at least temporarily, between county executives and the union representing county child welfare workers.

Researchers: LA County camp can be a model to rehab juvenile offenders

A pair of researchers say the transformation of an L.A. youth camp could set a new paradigm for juvenile justice in the county.

LA's social workers protest to demand lighter caseloads

Child welfare workers staged a protest outside the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors a day before the social workers' union returns to contract talks with the county.