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 to open new office to oversee child welfare reforms

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a position for a countywide child protection executive who will oversee system reforms.

Report outlines possible child welfare reforms in LA

A draft report compiled by county outlines proposed changes to the county's child welfare system — and how difficult some of those changes might be.

Mental health care in LA jails unconstitutional, says DOJ

Mental health care in Los Angeles County jails is so inadequate that it's unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

Does releasing inmates early cut crime? One study says maybe

A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds some of the first evidence that letting offenders out early under community supervision lowers crime.

Election 2014: Former competitors back Jim McDonnell for LA Sheriff

Two candidates for L.A. County Sheriff who didn't make the November runoff election immediately endorsed current Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell for the post.

Election 2014: Activists concerned about possible low voter turnout

Activists concerned about low-voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election held a series of events Monday encouraging Angelenos to vote.

Jail abuse: Next sheriff will inherit reformed jail, but problems remain

In the months since a jail abuse report came out, the Sheriff’s Department has taken steps to clean up the jails.

LA jail scandal: 6 employees on trial in federal court

Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the trial of six current and former L.A. County Sheriff's Department employees accused of obstruction of justice.

Giants fan's lawsuit against Dodgers goes to trial Tuesday

Trial begins in a multimillion dollar case against the team by the family of a man left brain damaged after an altercation in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.

LA jail scandal: Mistrial declared in sheriff's deputy trial

The case against Sexton was the first of seven to charge current and former members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Jury deliberates in trial of deputy accused of thwarting FBI probe

Closing arguments came Tuesday in the case of an L.A. County sheriff's deputy who says he was acting on the orders of higher-ups, including former Sheriff Lee Baca.

Trial for sheriff's deputy accused of obstructing justice wrapping up

The first in a series of cases against sheriff's deputies accused of trying to thwart a federal investigation is scheduled to end this week.

Jail abuse: 1st trial of sheriff's deputy focuses on chain of command

The question during Friday's trial of a sheriff's deputy accused of helping obstruct a federal investigation was how high up the conspiracy reached.

Sheriff's deputy trial centers around FBI informant

As part of conspiracy trial, prosecutors and defense attorneys argue about the propriety of giving a cell phone to a jailhouse informant to document jail abuses.

Prosecutors say sheriff employees changed jail policy to thwart investigation

Federal prosecutors said members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department changed the department's inmate visitation policy to thwart an FBI investigation into jailhouse wrongdoing.