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.

Facts American adults can learn from undocumented kids

By Susan Ferriss

Supreme Court: Children shouldn't get life with no parole possibility

By Susan Ferriss

Youth rehabilitation centers in Florida under scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

Obama decision eases undocumented kids' turmoil

By Susan Ferriss

L.A. school police, district agree to rethink court citations of students

By Susan Ferriss

NYPD school police citations draw criticism

By Susan Ferriss

Police, suspensions in schools need reform, new report urges

By Susan Ferriss

Public radio, Center report on L.A. school court citations' controversy

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles school police citations draw federal scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

Education Department issues guidelines for restraining, isolating disruptive students

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles students protest school police citations that hit blacks, Latinos

By Susan Ferriss

LA school police chief voices reasons for ticketing young kids, radio station reports

By Susan Ferriss

School discipline debate reignited by new Los Angeles data

By Susan Ferriss

California moves closer to reforming school discipline

By Susan Ferriss

Kern expulsions figure into California debate on proposed legislation

By Susan Ferriss

About 46,400 immigrants claiming U.S. children deported in six months

By Susan Ferriss

Children's Defense Fund report on kids' gun deaths, new gun laws

By Susan Ferriss

NRA pushed 'stand your ground' laws across the nation

By Susan Ferriss

Racial profiling blamed for black teen's shooting in Florida

By Susan Ferriss

Supreme Court to review life without parole for juveniles

By Susan Ferriss

New federal discipline data has more bad news for Kern County schools

By Susan Ferriss

Attack at girls' prison in Georgia raises questions about guards

By Susan Ferriss

New federal statistics reveal harsh discipline for minority students

By Susan Ferriss

Florida student's deportation threat a window into kids' difficult lives

By Susan Ferriss

L.A. kids' daytime curfew story on NPR's 'Morning Edition'

By Susan Ferriss

Teen suspect in Ohio school shooting had violence in his early life

By Susan Ferriss

New York: Police data shows excessive student arrests — especially for minorities, rights groups say

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles ends big fines, limits police enforcement of truancy law

By Susan Ferriss

Public radio and iWatch News report on daytime curfew in Los Angeles

By Susan Ferriss

Chicago: Charter schools collect almost $400,000 in discipline "fees"

By Susan Ferriss

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