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.
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The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to study creating a civilian body to monitor the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. But it may not have any real power.
Louie Sanchez, 31, and Marvin Norwood, 32, were sentenced to eight years and four years in prison respectively. Stow is still recovering from the beating at his Santa Cruz home.
The LAO, which provides recommendations to the state legislature, released a review Wednesday of Brown's criminal justice proposals, totaling $14.1 billion. Read the full report.
In 2012, an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy shot a woman who was wielding a hammer at a mental health facility. It led to changes on how deputies are trained to deal with people in a mental health crisis.
No prisoner has been executed since 2006, when the courts ruled California's lethal injection protocol violated the Constitution’s 8th Amendment, which bans cruel and unusual punishment.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney issued a report on Christopher Dorner's last stand near Big Bear last year. It found the law enforcement officers involved acted lawfully.
New L.A. County Sheriff's Inspector General Max Huntsman acknowledges he lacks formal power but says the fact all eyes are on the department should help encourage change.
The victim says he was in the hospital for two weeks after the February, 2009 incident. Two L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies were indicted on Friday.
Two more sheriff’s deputies are accused of beating an inmate in a 2009 incident that a jail chaplain says he witnessed. Thirteen other deputies were indicted in December.
On Wednesday, Bryan Barnes, 21, pled guilty to murdering Ying Wu and Ming Qu — an admission that will land him in prison for the rest of his life.
Prosecutors say the case against Martin Springer has been dropped after the alleged victim declined to testify.
Police say Barnes and another suspect killed two Chinese engineering students in the West Adams neighborhood. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for the plea.
There's a new sheriff in L.A. County. John Scott was sworn in Thursday as interim head of the nation's largest Sheriff's Department, two hours after Baca officially retired.
Scott pledged to address some of the problems that have led to recent scandals within one of the country's largest law enforcement agencies. He is expected to start on Thursday.
Scott retired from the LA County Sheriff's Department, where he rose through the ranks to run the jails. He pledges that the reforms that are underway to clean up the troubled department will continue.