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

Study: Educational programs in prison work (Update)

A new study found prison inmates who participate in educational or vocational training are 43 percent less likely to return to prison once released.

Chief: LAPD forced to shift resources to monitor ex-prisoners (UPDATED)

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says the state's prison realignment program, AB 109, is costing his department $18.1 million this year. Read the full report.

Foster bed shortage straining LA's child welfare system

Traditionally, the foster care system has struggled with a shortage of homes for older children. Suddenly, there's a need of foster parents for babies and no one is sure why.

Policy change should reduce prison time for small-time drug criminals

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a draw-down to mandatory minimum sentences that send some low-level drug offenders to federal lockups for years.

Brian Banks makes his NFL debut with the Atlanta Falcons

Fifteen months after being exonerated of a rape charge, Brian Banks stepped onto the Georgia Dome turf for his NFL debut Thursday night.

Venice Boardwalk: Driver pleads not guilty to murder, hit and run (Update)

Nathan Campbell pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and assault for allegedly driving his car on the Venice Beach boardwalk. "I don't believe he intentionally tried to hit anyone," his attorney said.

Report: California jails filled with thousands of immigrants

A new report from the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice suggests California jails could alleviate overcrowding by refusing to detain non-criminals accused of immigration violations.

Study: Different attorneys, different outcomes in juvenile court

A new study finds that indigent juvenile defendants assigned private attorneys in L.A. County may be at a disadvantage in court. Officials are beginning to address the issue.

Northridge man accused of killing 4 to stand trial for murder

Ka Pasasouk was ordered to stand trial on murder charges in the slaying four people outside in Northridge in December 2012 after being mistakenly released from custody.

Preliminary testimony begins in Northridge quadruple murder case

Ka Pasasouk, a man accused of murdering four people outside an unlicensed Northridge boarding house in December, heard the first testimony against him Monday.

LA largely disregards 'split sentencing' alternatives to incarceration (PHOTOS)

As L.A. County considers building a new jail, reform advocates push alternatives like "split sentencing," where convicts serve some time outside of jail.

Zimmerman protests enter 5th night in Los Angeles region (Update)

The event marked the fifth night that protests have been in seen in Los Angeles over the verdict in the controversial criminal case.

Zimmerman protests enter 4th night in downtown LA, Leimert Park

A protest organized by the ANSWER Coalition began at City Hall and moved on to other sites downtown, while Occupy LA planned a "bike bloc" in Leimert Park. No unrest has been reported.

LA supervisors discuss replacing Men’s Central Jail (Charts)

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Tuesday discussed possible replacements for the crumbling Men’s Central Jail in Downtown L.A. Protesters urged them to look at alternatives.

LA County to fight release of serial rapist Christopher Evans Hubbart

The Los Angeles DA is challenging the release of a Pasadena man who's admitted raping at least 40 women in California, including 25 in Los Angeles.