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

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.

LA County settles Antelope Valley housing discrimination case

The L.A. County Housing Authority will pay out $2 million and restore some benefits to African-American residents of the Antelope Valley.

Gardena police shooting: Family, attorney ask for civil rights investigation

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.

Family, officials react to new allegations in Skid Row shooting

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.

Fired LA County employees had access to confidential records

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.

Santa Ana site crashes amid crush of people seeking rental assistance

While waitlists for Section 8 vouchers around the country remain closed, Santa Ana opened their application process last week to a stampede of interest.

LA County picks firm to research downsizing jail system

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.

Lack of storage makes homeless camp clean-up laws toothless

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?