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 Sheriff's Department gets $29 million to implement jail reforms

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to send $29 million to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department to clamp down on jail violence.

Hard time or inhumane? Corcoran prison's SHU - Security Housing Units (Photos)

The controversial facilities are the subject of a federal lawsuit and an upcoming legislative hearing, but the prison warden says they are "not operating a dungeon."

USC murders: Evidence against accused men revealed in court

The men accused of murdering two USC graduate students from China last year appeared in court Monday to hear evidence against them.

Camp ranger's lawsuit for Dorner reward money hits a bump

A judge Friday dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Richard Heltebrake, who says he helped police find ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. He still has cases against two cities.

LA law enforcement tells watchdog the struggles of prison realignment

A state watchdog agency visiting California's largest county got an earful on the state's prison realignment policy Thursday.

LA County to send hundreds of jail inmates to Kern County

In a deal meant to relieve L.A. County's strained jails, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to send hundreds of inmates to a facility near Bakersfield.

SoCal Catholics largely supportive of Pope Francis' message

In Los Angeles, the largest base of Catholics in the nation, Pope Francis' message of openness and inclusiveness resonates with local faithful.

Police say Norwalk pastor assaulted at least 20 women

An assistant pastor and counselor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk allegedly assaulted at least 20 women in the church's congregation between 2004 and 2012.

Some county jail inmates headed to state fire camps

As L.A. County deals with jail population issues, the Board of Supervisors approved a contract to send hundreds of felons to state-run fire camps.

LA County supervisors disagree on more oversight for sheriff

LA County supervisors Tuesday quarreled over a proposal to establish a civilian commission to oversee the embattled LA County Sheriff's Department.

Orange County DA: Children were poisoned by suicidal mother

The Orange County District Attorney's office said Monday that Marilyn Edge poisoned her two children, as more details emerged in the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

LA County approves $100,000 Christopher Dorner reward

On Tuesday, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved payouts in a $100,000 reward offered for information to help capture the ex-fugitive LAPD cop accused of murder.

Archbishop Gomez joins national call for immigration reform

Congress returns from recess Monday amidst a push by Catholics to get an immigration reform bill passed by Dec. 31. So far, it lacks the votes to reach the President's desk.

LAPD: Temporary Venice Beach Boardwalk barriers improving safety

Five weeks after an Italian honeymooner was killed by a driver, officials say barriers installed at Ocean Front Walk are enhancing safety. But some beach regulars call them "gross."

Feds probing alleged civil rights abuses at LA County jails

Federal authorities are looking into allegations that deputes at the LA County's Sheriff's Department used excessive force on jail inmates.