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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
The Endeavour finally comes to a stop at Exposition Park, about 16 hours behind schedule on its final journey to the California Science Center.
This fall, California voters will take up capital punishment for the first time in decades—an issue where there's no unified voice from law enforcement or victims.
Gang violence in LA has plummeted in the past couple of years, which many attribute to the city’s anti-gang strategy. Now, the city's hoping to expand its reach.
Staff reductions at the Los Angeles Police Departments' Latent Fingerprint Unit have led to a massive backlog of unanalyzed prints.
The Los Angeles Police Commission is scheduled to take up a proposal to change the way the department handles accusations of racial profiling on Tuesday.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles has given 71 medical marijuana dispensaries until Tuesday to shut down.
Prop. 36 on the November ballot proposes changing who qualifies for a sentence of life in prison based on their past crimes under the state's Three Strikes law.
A Senate report says the nation has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into so-called anti-terrorist "fusion centers," with little to show for it.
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed SB 9, a bill that offers the chance at parole for juveniles sentenced to life in prison.
New prison data obtained by California Watch and the San Francisco Chronicle sheds some light on Third Strikers, and why repeat offenders reoffend.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Thursday offered his thoughts on revelations of jail violence, and an impending report on conditions in the county jail.
Care Harbor's fourth annual free health clinic is underway at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, with thousands expected to attend.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck responded to the case of John Edward Smith, who was released from custody Monday after being exonerated of a 1993 murder charge.
On Monday, L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg vacated an L.A. man's 19-year-old murder conviction, and he walked free hours later.
On Friday, Giovanni Hernandez was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for the murder of Gary Ortiz and attempted murder of Rudy De La Torre in 2006.