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.

Holder, Duncan stunned by discipline figures

By Susan Ferriss

California report: Don't spend new education money on campus police

By Susan Ferriss

Harsh school discipline gets more scrutiny in Congress

By Susan Ferriss

United Nations report: 'Children on the Run' from violent homelands

By Susan Ferriss

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

New California data show drop in overall school suspensions, expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

San Francisco takes lead in defining role of school police, sets limits on interrogations, arrests

By Susan Ferriss

North Carolina complaint alleges excessive force by police in schools

By Susan Ferriss

New federal guidelines aimed at stopping explosion in harsh school discipline

By Susan Ferriss

Data shows San Francisco's black students suspended at extremely high rates

By Susan Ferriss

Nation's largest school police force, in L.A., will stop ticketing kids 12 and younger

By Susan Ferriss

Police killing of boy, 13, with pellet gun spotlights foiled attempts to regulate replicas

By Susan Ferriss

Calif. governor kills major school-discipline reform bill, deferring to 'local control'

By Susan Ferriss

Report urges new approach to child prostitution

By Susan Ferriss

In nation's richest farmland, some workers' kids get no education at all

By Susan Ferriss

Getting adults on board for alternatives to locking up kids

By Susan Ferriss

Black Oakland youth arrested, but not charged, in stunning numbers, report says

By Susan Ferriss

Parents, advocacy groups push back against independent study at home

By Susan Ferriss

Suit alleges mistreatment of California minors with mental health problems

By Susan Ferriss

Conference addresses alternatives to racial profiling, harsh school discipline

By Susan Ferriss

Child sex trafficking: schools could help stop it

By Susan Ferriss

Youth: Stand Your Ground laws put us at risk

By Susan Ferriss and Joy Crane

Throwaway kids: disciplined California teens struggle to school themselves

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles school board cracks down on suspensions for minor infractions

By Susan Ferriss

Report details lives ruined for children put on sex-offender registries

By Susan Ferriss

California lawmakers latest to consider limits for cops in schools

By Susan Ferriss

New immigration bill provides ray of hope for separated families

By Susan Ferriss

New report highlights disproportionate school discipline for minorities

By Susan Ferriss

Criminologists' critique questions NRA task force school safety strategy

By Susan Ferriss

Discriminatory discipline: Feds and Mississippi school district reach agreement on changes

By Susan Ferriss

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