Susan Ferriss

Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Susan Ferriss has investigated a range of issues, from environmental destruction and real-estate fraud to police corruption and international drug trafficking. As a prize-winning Latin America correspondent for Cox Newspapers, her reports included stories on child labor, child migration and transnational gangs. She also covered California state government, politics and immigration at the Sacramento Bee. Susan is co-author of The Fight in the Fields, a history of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement.

Coverage areas

Criminologists say gun lobby strategy 'superficially simple'

Black students were being arrested for minor infractions, and five times more likely to get suspended than whites for same allegations

Representatives from American Families United testified before House Judiciary subcommittee on hardships of immigration bars

As Congress debates immigration reform, mental-health investigators urge legislators to consider children's welfare.

Push for more police post-Newtown runs up against concern about 'school-to-prison pipeline'

U.S. still tops, but rates have declined

Separated families meet with Rep. Gutierrez, hoping to be included in proposed reforms.

Students can be exploited more if they are suspended or expelled for misbehavior and left unsupervised alone.

New York advocacy group says state is not protecting kids in foster care

Juvenile judges latest group to express concern over armed guards in schools

School reform groups question proposals emerging from shootings

Activists want parameters as city police, post-Newtown, sent to check in on Los Angeles grammar schools

Feds announce changes to address issues raised in Center report

School police still citing thousands of kids for minor violations

Federal investigation found black youths in Tennessee county put into adult system more than white youths

Hearing probes 'school to prison pipeline' featured in center stories

Education official Russlynn Ali focused on disparities in school discipline

A new GOP idea would allow undocumented youth to earn limited legal status, but not a green card, the prerequisite to citizenship.

Study says marijuana decriminalization measure affected juvenile justice in California.

New report: Minors in 'solitary' hallucinate, harm themselves

The record of some GOP members of Congress shows it will take work to persuade them to embrace immigration reform.

Disclosure that a GOP candidate for California's state legislature shakes up local GOP, including House whip, Kevin McCarthy

Alleges that state, county and city of Meridian are operating 'school to prison pipeline'

Immigrant spouses struggling to understand changing laws, partisan politics

Immigration measure has split husbands from wives, children from parents.

Oakland school board allows federal officials to monitor efforts to reduce the high suspension rates for African-American students

Florida plans to close a privately run juvenile offener home that has been under scrutiny for alleged poor treatmetn of kids.

A Romney adviser files suit, on eve of convention, to stop Obama's youth program for temporary reprieve from deportation and work permits.

Aug. 15 start date for undocumented youths ages 15 to 30 to apply for deportation reprieve

A new report about state policies shows a rethinking in putting younger kids into adult court, police interaction with minority kids