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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.


Stories by Rina Palta

Debate continues over how to police the sheriff's department

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.

LA jail scandal: Feds likely to revamp strategy in deputy's retrial

Federal prosecutors told a judge Monday they'll retry an L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Feds plan to retry sheriff's deputy accused of thwarting FBI

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.

LA County's top prosecutor embraces split sentencing

L.A. County is poised to adopt a new sentencing policy for non-violent felons after years of resistance.

LA jail scandal: All 6 Sheriff's officials found guilty on all counts

A jury found all of the defendants guilty on obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Two defendants were also found guilty of making false statements.

ACLU pushing for alternatives to jail for mentally ill

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.

LA County budget czar Bill Fujioka announces retirement

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.

Latinos heavily impacted by justice system, report finds

A new report shows Latinos are disproportionately impacted by crime and the justice system, both as victims and as criminal defendants.

LA County to open new office to oversee child welfare reforms

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a position for a countywide child protection executive who will oversee system reforms.

Report outlines possible child welfare reforms in LA

A draft report compiled by county outlines proposed changes to the county's child welfare system — and how difficult some of those changes might be.

Mental health care in LA jails unconstitutional, says DOJ

Mental health care in Los Angeles County jails is so inadequate that it's unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

Does releasing inmates early cut crime? One study says maybe

A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds some of the first evidence that letting offenders out early under community supervision lowers crime.

Election 2014: Former competitors back Jim McDonnell for LA Sheriff

Two candidates for L.A. County Sheriff who didn't make the November runoff election immediately endorsed current Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell for the post.

Election 2014: Activists concerned about possible low voter turnout

Activists concerned about low-voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election held a series of events Monday encouraging Angelenos to vote.

Jail abuse: Next sheriff will inherit reformed jail, but problems remain

In the months since a jail abuse report came out, the Sheriff’s Department has taken steps to clean up the jails.