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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.
Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also 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
As Brian Banks stepped on the down escalator of the courthouse, his lawyer presented him with a black sweatshirt with one word on it: "Innocent."
The rape conviction of once-promising Long Beach high school football star Brian Banks has been dismissed.
A jury Wednesday recommended that Pedro Espinoza be sentenced to death for killing high school football player Jamiel Shaw Jr.
The jury has recommended the death penalty for gang member Pedro Espinoza for shooting and killing Los Angeles High School football player Jamiel Shaw Jr.
The poll was commissioned by supporters of California State Senator Mark Leno's new bill, SB 1506, which would make simple drug possession a misdemeanor.
District Attorney Spokeswoman Jane Robison said the injuries were not serious enough to warrant a felony charge.
After a lengthy chase, and a probably totaled police car, 28-year-old Compton resident Michael Mariano was booked on felony DUI.
A traffic accident outside Dodger Stadium escalated into a beating after Sunday's win against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Researchers at the University of Michigan's Law School release a list of the country's known exonerations since 1989.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council says it's reached an agreement with the LAPD to change the city's Suspicious Activity Reporting program.
California Correctional Health Care Services Spokeswoman Nancy Kincaid: it's not that the department is overbudget, but it was underfunded to begin with.
An officer with the Long Beach Police Department shot and injured a man last night in what started as a traffic stop. According to LBPD, an officer--whose name is being witheld in accordance with the California Peace Officers Bill of Rights--was driving his patrol car near Atlantic Avenue and E.
The politically powerful California Correctional Peace Officers Association has picked its candidates for the state legislature.
For at least as long as we've had HBO, our society has been aware of an intractable truth: people get raped in prison.
Suspended sheriffs deputies' conduct will be examined by the Internal Affairs division.