Rina Palta

Correspondent, Investigations

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Rina Palta is a correspondent on KPCC's investigative team.

Prior to that, Rina covered California's social safety net for the station, with a particular focuses on homelessness. She's also served as a news editor for the station and 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

McDade shooting investigation released after legal battle

After years of legal wrangling, a report on the investigation into Kendrec McDade's death was made public Tuesday. The Pasadena man was shot by police in 2012.

Officer Involved: The black box of police shooting investigations

Law enforcement agencies aren't required to report data on police shootings, and few do.

Officer Involved: A call for help

Some of the most troubling police shootings in L.A. County involved people in mental health crisis.

LAPD officers shoot, kill suspect after rear window shattered

The officers exited the vehicle and shot a suspect, who died at the scene. Police have yet to determine what broke the window, and no firearm was recovered.

Inside the conundrum of LA’s Section 8 housing

There is a program out there that’s supposed to help people who can’t afford homes. KPCC’s Rina Palta reports it’s not working so well.

Hard-to-get housing vouchers becoming hard-to-use

Finding decent housing is tough for almost anyone in Southern California right now. But for those poor enough to qualify for government subsidies, it's become near impossible.

LA County merges health departments into mammoth agency

County Supervisors say merger will expand services for neediest residents by reducing bureaucracy and could take on larger issues like homelessness.

LA County supervisors advance plan to replace Men’s Central Jail

County supervisors on Tuesday voted to move ahead on a 3,885-bed facility after putting plans for a larger one on hold while they studied ways to divert mentally ill out of the jail system.

Supervisors propose putting $100 million into jail diversion

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.

Dr. Mitch Katz and the quest to cure LA's health

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.

Source: LA Sheriff agrees to new reforms at jails, settles DOJ lawsuit

The settlement agreement seeks to address longstanding problems at Los Angeles County jails.

LA mayor promises plan for ending homelessness

Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday promised to release a plan next month for ending homelessness in Los Angeles.

Advocates for mentally-ill offenders advise LA DA Lacey and Sheriff's Dept. on fixing jails

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.

Number of homeless living in cars grows

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.

District attorney releases plan for reducing mentally ill in jail

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.