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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
Federal prosecutors want former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca to serve six months in prison. Defense attorneys argue his Alzheimer's and reformer legacy warrant a lighter sentence.
Police Chief Charlie Beck had already recommended criminal charges for the officer who fatally shot 29-year-old Brendon Glenn. The Police Commission agreed with him.
Tanaka faces up to 15 years in prison for participating in a cover-up meant to derail an FBI investigation into the sheriff's department.
The recommendations would change how police are trained to use deadly force in L.A.—and how the LAPD investigates and reviews incidents like officer-involved shootings.
A Coachella Valley trailer park adopted by UC Irvine law students because of its distressed state is slated to get a new sewage system, thanks to a state grant.
Despite complaints from some law enforcement officials that prison reform has caused the current crime spike, a major study has found little effect.
Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators looking into abuses in county jails. More than a dozen officials and deputies have been swept up in the probe.
The other two escapees remain on the loose and were with Bac Duong in the San Jose area as of Thursday, before he headed back south and turned himself in without them.
After years of legal wrangling, a report on the investigation into Kendrec McDade's death was made public Tuesday. The Pasadena man was shot by police in 2012.
Law enforcement agencies aren't required to report data on police shootings, and few do.
Some of the most troubling police shootings in L.A. County involved people in mental health crisis.
The officers exited the vehicle and shot a suspect, who died at the scene. Police have yet to determine what broke the window, and no firearm was recovered.
There is a program out there that’s supposed to help people who can’t afford homes. KPCC’s Rina Palta reports it’s not working so well.
Finding decent housing is tough for almost anyone in Southern California right now. But for those poor enough to qualify for government subsidies, it's become near impossible.
County Supervisors say merger will expand services for neediest residents by reducing bureaucracy and could take on larger issues like homelessness.