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.

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

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.