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 fined for logjam in placing foster children

State regulators have taken the rare step of imposing fines on LA County for not placing children in foster homes quickly enough. Official say a high-call volume and a low pool of foster parents are hindering efforts to resolve the problem.

Stanford studies look at how counties respond to prison realignment

Two papers out of Stanford Law School's Criminal Justice Center look at how realignment is playing out in California counties. It shows local politics can influence how the policy is implemented.

Accused LAX shooter Ciancia gets attorney; unknown if he'll be questioned

A federal judge appointed an attorney to represent Paul Ciancia, accused of a shooting spree at LAX that killed a TSA agent. It has dealt a blow to investigators who sought to interrogate him.

More than 50 protesters arrested outside Chinatown Walmart

Police say the demonstration was generally peaceful, but when officers declared an unlawful assembly to disperse the more than 200 protesters, some sat in a circle in the street and refused to move.

Jury awards $840,000 to LA County Jail inmates injured by deputies

A Los Angeles jury Thursday made the award to five inmates who sued after suffering broken bones and head trauma at the hands of L.A. County Sheriff's deputies in 2008.

LA County sends first jail inmates to firefighting camps

Twenty county jail inmates Wednesday packed up their personal items and boarded vans headed to Sylmar to learn how to fight wildfires. The plan includes sending hundreds more.

Lawyers want clemency for Riverside boy who killed Neo-Nazi dad (Update)

Supporters for a Riverside boy who murdered his neo-Nazi father – including a state senator and ex-prosecutor called on Gov. Jerry Brown to pardon him. A spokesman for the state's juvenile detention system said they will help the boy.

FAQ: California's prison realignment policy 2 years later

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s order to reduce overcrowding in California’s prisons, leading to significant changes in the state's criminal justice system.

Realignment: Some women serving more of their time in jail (photos)

A program that shifted thousands of low-level offenders from state prisons to local jails was supposed to dramatically impact women in prison, but advocates say nothing has changed.

Lawsuit may end deal to send LA County inmates to Kern County

A contract to send 512 Los Angeles county jail inmates to a facility in Taft in the Central Valley may be killed as early as next week, after the discovery of legal hurdles.

Leader of Northeast LA gang sentenced to 25 years in prison

Rudy Aguirre Jr. was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Monday after admitting to taking part in two murders in Northeast L.A.

Probation Department understaffed amid growing responsibilities

Even as the threat of taking in more former state prisoners looms over Los Angeles County, the county's lead agency on realignment remains understaffed.

LAPD officer pleads not guilty to assaulting suspect

Mary O'Callaghan is accused of repeatedly kicking Alesia Thomas, who later died of undetermined causes. Her attorney says the veteran officer will fight the felony charge.

Legislators hear testimony on California prison conditions

The meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday delved into conditions inside California's most secure lockups, including the controversial SHU – security housing units.

LA Sheriff's Department gets $29 million to implement jail reforms

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to send $29 million to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department to clamp down on jail violence.