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.
Stories by Rina Palta
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a position for a countywide child protection executive who will oversee system reforms.
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 Los Angeles County jails is so inadequate that it's unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds some of the first evidence that letting offenders out early under community supervision lowers crime.
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.
Activists concerned about low-voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election held a series of events Monday encouraging Angelenos to vote.
In the months since a jail abuse report came out, the Sheriff’s Department has taken steps to clean up the jails.
Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the trial of six current and former L.A. County Sheriff's Department employees accused of obstruction of justice.
Trial begins in a multimillion dollar case against the team by the family of a man left brain damaged after an altercation in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.
The case against Sexton was the first of seven to charge current and former members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Closing arguments came Tuesday in the case of an L.A. County sheriff's deputy who says he was acting on the orders of higher-ups, including former Sheriff Lee Baca.
The first in a series of cases against sheriff's deputies accused of trying to thwart a federal investigation is scheduled to end this week.
The question during Friday's trial of a sheriff's deputy accused of helping obstruct a federal investigation was how high up the conspiracy reached.
As part of conspiracy trial, prosecutors and defense attorneys argue about the propriety of giving a cell phone to a jailhouse informant to document jail abuses.
Federal prosecutors said members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department changed the department's inmate visitation policy to thwart an FBI investigation into jailhouse wrongdoing.