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

Nearly half of LA jails' mentally ill are black, report says

A new report by the L.A.-based activist group Dignity Power Now outlines the impact of jailing large numbers of mentally ill African Americans.

USC upgrades security in the wake of grad student murder

USC officials announced security changes Friday for campus and its surrounding area in the wake of the violent murder of a student on July 24.

LA County leaders vote down civilian oversight of sheriff

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 3-2 against creating a civilian commission to oversee the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

LA foster care watchdog says reforms have slowed

A new report due out Tuesday by a foster care watchdog says only one reform has seen progress - and the county has not dedicated any new money to the failing system.

Campus safety conference convenes blocks away from USC murder site

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called on campus police departments Friday to engage the community and teach students to take responsibility for their safety.

USC murder: Friends of victim, suspects flood courtroom

Friends and family of the victim and suspects flooded the courtroom where four teens accused of beating to death a USC graduate student from China appeared Tuesday.

LA supervisors postpone vote on $20M proposal to divert mentally ill from jail (updated)

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $20 million proposal for diverting offenders with mental illness out of jail.

California leads in cutting prison population and crime, report says

In a six-year period, California simultaneously cut its prison population by 23 percent and its violent crime rate by 21 percent--both over the national average.

Federal judge calls for a return to firing squads

Legal scholars say the judge's controversial statement is aimed less at shocking the public than asking it to confront its own relationship with the death penalty.

Muslim jail inmates now guaranteed religious access in LA

Communal prayer at L.A.'s County jails is now guaranteed for Muslim inmates, following a new directive by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Supervisor wants $20 million for keeping mentally ill people out of jail

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed Tuesday setting aside $20 million for programs that keep mentally ill people out of jails.

LA jail overcrowding: Is Miami a model for getting the mentally ill out of jails?

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will look at suggestions for reducing the county's notoriously high number of mentally ill jail inmates.

Debate continues over how to police the sheriff's department

With the L.A. Board of Supervisors poised to debate creating a civilian oversight commission later this month, sheriff's candidates weighed in on the issue.

LA jail scandal: Feds likely to revamp strategy in deputy's retrial

Federal prosecutors told a judge Monday they'll retry an L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Feds plan to retry sheriff's deputy accused of thwarting FBI

Less than a week after six of his colleagues were convicted of trying to obstruct an FBI investigation into jail violence, deputy James Sexton will be recharged.