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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.
Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at 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 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
On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will vote on putting about $100 million into proposals aimed at diverting mentally ill jail inmates into treatment.
L.A. officials are looking to shake up leadership of the county's health, mental health and disease prevention systems. And they could turn to one man to lead them all.
The settlement agreement seeks to address longstanding problems at Los Angeles County jails.
Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday promised to release a plan next month for ending homelessness in Los Angeles.
A task force led by L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey is releasing a roadmap for reducing L.A.'s ever-growing number of mentally ill jail inmates, and diverting those who need it into treatment.
A 2014 court decision put an end to L.A.'s ban on sleeping in a vehicle. So neighbors are getting creative about kicking the homeless out.
L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey wants to reduce the number of mentally ill behind bars. Her plan calls for special training for all law enforcement officials.
The L.A. County Housing Authority will pay out $2 million and restore some benefits to African-American residents of the Antelope Valley.
An attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by Gardena police in 2013 on Wednesday asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his death.
An article in GQ this month alleges police were the ones to escalate the tension and violence in the March fatal shooting of homeless resident Charly Keunang.
Audits found lapses in IT practices at two county departments led to serious security issues. One county supervisor wants all departments to undergo the same review.
While waitlists for Section 8 vouchers around the country remain closed, Santa Ana opened their application process last week to a stampede of interest.
How many jail beds does the county really need? Some argue plans for a $2 billion jail are too big. Consultants' report meant to settle the debate.
L.A.'s City Council last week gave approved ordinances to sweep up the proliferation of tent encampments. But where will they store the homeless's personal items?
Lack of housing in the Coachella Valley is driving the working poor into unsanitary, unsafe and un-permitted mobile home parks.