Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter
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
Five indictments involving 18 deputies sparked questions over how to effectively oversee the department that runs the largest jail system in the United States.
L.A. County social workers say their strike was a last resort after petitioning for months for lower caseloads. Officials say they're already hiring more social workers.
The union representing about 4,000 social workers in LA County says the county won't hire more employees to deal with under-staffing and unmanageable caseloads.
Negotiations have broken down, at least temporarily, between county executives and the union representing county child welfare workers.
A pair of researchers say the transformation of an L.A. youth camp could set a new paradigm for juvenile justice in the county.
Child welfare workers staged a protest outside the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors a day before the social workers' union returns to contract talks with the county.
Amid a growing homeless population and dwindling resources, L.A.'s winter shelters open Sunday for the rainier, colder winter season.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Cham is tasked with easing the transition for employees serving military deployments. On Thanksgiving, that means food.
The gunman who allegedly shot an Inglewood police officer and holed up with two hostages was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a standoff.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the payout to Dion Starr, who was an inmate in Men's Central Jail in 2006.
Kamala Harris is launching a new office that will do research and help find funds to launch programs that are statistically proven to prevent crimes and and rehabilitate criminals.
In a preliminary hearing Tuesday, witnesses described a car plowing down the Venice boardwalk, hitting people and stands in its path.
In L.A. for a hearing for the man accused of swerving down the Venice Boardwalk, killing a honeymooning Italian woman, Katia Gruppioni says the family wants justice.
The 78-year-old father of state Rep. Gatto was found dead from a gunshot in his home Wednesday night. Residents of the well-groomed community don’t see much violent crime.
State regulators have taken the rare step of imposing fines on LA County for not placing children in foster homes quickly enough. Official say a high-call volume and a low pool of foster parents are hindering efforts to resolve the problem.