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.

Federal initiative to help schools recognize youth sex trafficking

By Susan Ferriss

Class-action suit challenges Massachusetts foster care system

By Susan Ferriss

Juvenile court judges latest to express concern over armed security in schools

By Susan Ferriss

School discipline reform groups question proposals for armed security

By Susan Ferriss

Activists want guidelines for L.A. school police

By Susan Ferriss

Feds announce new rules for legalizing undocumented spouses

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles school police still ticketing thousands of young students

By Susan Ferriss

Tennessee county to overhaul juvenile system

By Susan Ferriss

'School to prison pipeline' hit on Capitol Hill

By Susan Ferriss

Education official who focused on school discipline steps down

By Susan Ferriss

Senator mistakenly says marriage quickly legalizes young immigrants

By Susan Ferriss

Marijuana decriminalization law brings down juvenile arrests in California

By Susan Ferriss

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

By Susan Ferriss

GOP immigration hardliner told constituent to take family to Mexico

By Susan Ferriss

GOP candidate was undocumented child, received amnesty

By Susan Ferriss

Justice Department alleges 'school to prison pipeline' in Mississippi

By Susan Ferriss

Separated by law: Families torn apart by 1996 immigration measure

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

A dizzying series of legal twists and turns

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Feds will oversee Oakland's efforts to curb suspensions

By Susan Ferriss

Florida to close controversial juvenile detention center

By Susan Ferriss

Romney balancing act on undocumented youth getting harder

By Susan Ferriss

Most eligible for Obama undocumented program already working

By Susan Ferriss

Report: States deal with more female offenders

By Susan Ferriss

Capitalism and Corrections: Wall Street loan for youth inmate rehab

By Susan Ferriss

Federal report: Fewer kids are victims of violent crime, but more are poor

By Susan Ferriss

Maryland, California taking action to improve dropout rates

By Susan Ferriss

Public radio talks to L.A. school police chief about court citations that have fallen heavily on young students

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles school police chief rethinking discipline policy

By Susan Ferriss

Child sex abuse: A North Dakota agent shines compared to Penn State negligence

By Susan Ferriss

California bucks trend by rejecting new limits on 'solitary'

By Susan Ferriss

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