Susan Ferriss

Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Susan Ferriss is a prize-winning former foreign correspondent who has been investigating treatment of children by the U.S. justice and immigration system, law enforcement and the school-discipline process. She joined the Center in 2011. She won a first-place investigative prize from the national Education Writers Association for her 2012 series revealing how thousands of Los Angeles school police citations were pushing mostly Latino and black kids, almost half younger than 14, into courts for minor infractions. She is also a two-time Casey journalism award finalist for her police stories and an investigation into excessive expulsions of students in Kern County, California’s “expulsion capital.” In 2014, she won Columbia University’s Tobenkin national journalism award for reporting on discrimination for “Throwaway Kids.” This report documented how Latino farmworker kids were forced to attend alternative schools in California so far away from home they either dropped out, or only attended one day a week while enrolled full time on paper. As a reporter at the Sacramento Bee, Susan produced prize-winning immigration stories and covered state government and politics. And as a Latin America correspondent for nearly a decade with Cox Newspapers, Susan covered everything from indigenous rights movements and death squads in Colombia to transnational migration and drug trafficking. Her series on failed economic reforms in Mexico won top honors from the Overseas Press Club and the Inter-American Press Association and was a Loeb business reporting finalist. Susan is co-author of The Fight in the Fields, a history of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement and producer of The Golden Cage, a documentary about farmworkers. She was a Knight fellow at Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley.

Virginia bills would put limits on role of police in schools

By Susan Ferriss

Report says Virginia should require school police training and alter laws to reduce arrests

By Susan Ferriss

An epidemic of questionable arrests by school police

By Susan Ferriss

One cop's telling tale: Who will police the school police?

By Susan Ferriss

Shocking South Carolina video no isolated case

By Susan Ferriss

Virginia moves forward on school discipline reforms

By Susan Ferriss

Bipartisan alliance vows to slow Virginia's school-to-prison pipeline

By Susan Ferriss

Shift billions in prison spending to teachers, says Education Secretary

By Susan Ferriss

California should ensure funds to help struggling students are spent as intended, report says

By Susan Ferriss

Kayleb returned to court as schools alter discipline policies

By Susan Ferriss

Virginia pursuing school policing reforms following Center probe

By Susan Ferriss

Grad rates rising, but more kids living in poor neighborhoods

By Susan Ferriss

House hearing, Obama speech explore alternatives to incarceration

By Susan Ferriss

Report says girls being misdirected into juvenile detention

By Susan Ferriss

Can federal education law be used to curb harsh school discipline?

By Susan Ferriss

Lawsuit says kids traumatized by violence have right to mental health services in school

By Susan Ferriss

Virginia governor asks how to reverse schools' staggering rate of referrals to cops and courts

By Susan Ferriss

Hearing airs charges that states took grant money while violating laws

By Susan Ferriss

Virginia tops nation in sending students to cops, courts: Where does your state rank?

By Susan Ferriss

Tennessee GOP leader drafts bill to ensure accused truants get attorneys

By Susan Ferriss

U.S. spouses of ousted immigrants await Obama plan

By Susan Ferriss

California takes on harsh discipline and academic inequities for black, Latino students

By Susan Ferriss

Suit against Kern County schools alleges disproportionate discipline for minorities

By Susan Ferriss

A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops military hardware

By Susan Ferriss

L.A. schools program aims to keep kids out of courts

By Susan Ferriss

Federal complaint challenges Texas town's new ban on housing any border kids

By Susan Ferriss

Trains, amputations and the roots of why kids are on the run

By Susan Ferriss

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

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