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

UPDATED: County wants tougher penalties for child sex trade

Los Angeles County supervisors think California is too easy on men caught enlisting the services of child prostitutes. They want legislators to change that.

Reputed Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang members arrested (PHOTOS)

Authorities have arrested nearly three dozen people in a crackdown on a Southern California street gang believed involved in a string of home invasion robberies.

LA County facing fines for operating unlicensed foster care shelter

Starting Wednesday, Los Angeles could be subject to fines of $200 a day for operating an "unlicensed emergency shelter" for foster care children.

Family of 8-year-old boy to sue LA County for 'wrongful death'

The family of Gabriel Fernandez, an 8-year-old boy who allegedly died at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, take steps to sue L.A. county.

Proposed bill targets misleading immigration attorneys

The State Bar of California has been receiving reports of attorneys and immigration consultants charging for help applying for citizenship under bill that doesn't exist.

Study: Educational programs in prison work (Update)

A new study found prison inmates who participate in educational or vocational training are 43 percent less likely to return to prison once released.

Chief: LAPD forced to shift resources to monitor ex-prisoners (UPDATED)

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says the state's prison realignment program, AB 109, is costing his department $18.1 million this year. Read the full report.

Foster bed shortage straining LA's child welfare system

Traditionally, the foster care system has struggled with a shortage of homes for older children. Suddenly, there's a need of foster parents for babies and no one is sure why.

Policy change should reduce prison time for small-time drug criminals

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a draw-down to mandatory minimum sentences that send some low-level drug offenders to federal lockups for years.

Brian Banks makes his NFL debut with the Atlanta Falcons

Fifteen months after being exonerated of a rape charge, Brian Banks stepped onto the Georgia Dome turf for his NFL debut Thursday night.

Venice Boardwalk: Driver pleads not guilty to murder, hit and run (Update)

Nathan Campbell pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and assault for allegedly driving his car on the Venice Beach boardwalk. "I don't believe he intentionally tried to hit anyone," his attorney said.

Report: California jails filled with thousands of immigrants

A new report from the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice suggests California jails could alleviate overcrowding by refusing to detain non-criminals accused of immigration violations.

Study: Different attorneys, different outcomes in juvenile court

A new study finds that indigent juvenile defendants assigned private attorneys in L.A. County may be at a disadvantage in court. Officials are beginning to address the issue.

Northridge man accused of killing 4 to stand trial for murder

Ka Pasasouk was ordered to stand trial on murder charges in the slaying four people outside in Northridge in December 2012 after being mistakenly released from custody.

Preliminary testimony begins in Northridge quadruple murder case

Ka Pasasouk, a man accused of murdering four people outside an unlicensed Northridge boarding house in December, heard the first testimony against him Monday.