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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.

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A Goldman Sachs loan to NYC will pay for a new youth offender program, and deliver a profit or loss depending on the program's success.

An annual report is a mixed bag, showing fewer teen pregnancies and less violent crime, but more poverty and exposure to air pollution.

Lawmakers, education officials in some states say it's time to embrace alternatives to removing students from classrooms as punishment.

L.A.'s school police chief said his department didn't have the ability to analyze the ages, ethnicity, grade level of students ticketed.

Police chief wants less ticketing for young kids, more out-of-court solutions.

While a report condemns Penn State leaders in the Jerry Sandusky case, a North Dakota agent shows how to do right by kids.

California bucks trend; politics or money to blame?

With young illegal immigrants an election-year football, politicians often leave out why there's no 'right way' to attempt to immigrate.

A Supreme Court decision means thousands will be eligible to get hearings for new sentences for crimes committed as minors.

Florida public defenders ask for juveniles to be removed from privately run rehabilitation center.

Thousands of 16- to 30-year-olds could benefit from relief that will let them work legally, and stop fearing deportation.

L.A.'s school police and district react to reports of thousands of tickets issued to Latino and black middle-school students.

In New York City, the NYPD is under fire for the rate at which officers issue citations.

A report looks at how three troubled California communities are struggling with high suspension rates of vulnerable students.

Public radio, the Center report on L.A. school police ticketing that federal education officials are now scrutinizing.

Los Angeles school punishment data attract federal scrutiny

Education Department guidelines follow disputes over standards for students

Los Angeles schools have the largest school police force in the nation, with officers issuing thosands of tickets every year to students.

As concerns over student-police relations rise nationally, data shows 40 percent of LA school police citations go to kids 14 and under.

UPDATED: Schools' police chief responds to new citations data.

California lawmakers want to stem tide of suspensions, expulsions; lawyer featured in Center story testifies about boy's case

Obama administration clashes with immigrant advocates over deportations of parents, and the definition of criminal immigrants.

Report on Kern County's student expulsion patterns informs debate on reform proposals before California legislators.

Children's Defense Fund says more kids killed by gunfire than military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gun-rights group used endorsements, campaign cash and political pressure to spread laws nationwide.

Details are emerging about a man who followed a black teen walking from a store, confronted him and shot him dead

Cases involve 14-year-olds with life without parole for killings; in one case, unarmed boy didn't shoot victim, but law required sentence

New federal stats show harsh punishment for African-American students

An assault at a girls' prison latest problem in a troubled system in Georgia; victim's mother charged money to get reports on investigation

New federal statistics reveal blacks, Latinos students face harsher punishments than whites

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