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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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No easy path to a green card for kids who've grown up without papers, as Florida student's case shows

Truancy is a problem among some students, and cities grapple over sending police out, issuing fines and prosecuting parents

Court records show teen suspect's father was arrested many times for crimes

NY's chief judge wants to stop trying 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for non-violent accusations

In a nationally watched move, Los Angeles decides to limit police involvement in daytime curfew stops and drop $250 fines

Public Integrity and California Report collaborate on reports about Los Angeles daytime curfew controversy

Charter schools lauded by Mayor Emanuel face parent unrest for collecting $5 fines that have added up to almost $400,000 since 2009

Public is often quick to want teens tried as adults, but research shows minors in adult system more likely to reoffend once free

Complaints lead to police limits on student ticketing, counseling for first offenses

Great Recession takes toll on Florida students, with homelessness spiking

Undocumented parents say they fear deportation if they talk about accused teacher

Cops, judges, politicians taking a new look at fines and handcuffs

Meeting called with Calif. state finance staff to consider possible closure of all state youth prisons

A task force in Los Angeles, Calif. attacks harsh school discipline, truancy dollar fines

Md. considers dramatic reduction of suspensions; Mich. school suspends boy for long hair

A Virginia dad wants alert from schools when discipline starts, and in California ACLU objects to police interrogating student journalists

A new federal report recommends serious study, reconsideration of imprisoning youths as adults

New director: Georgia's youth prisons troubled by guard turnover, workers having sex with wards and more violent population

Brown, legislators tussle over proposed closure of last three youth facilities

New York has tough fines for violating a ban on real-looking guns, a law to protect kids

En California, el Condado de Kern en vanguardia del debate nacional sobre los costos y beneficios de dura disciplina escolar

A report criticizes Georgia confinement of kids for repeating minor "status offenses," such as curfew violations

Texas shooting highlights struggles to regulate pellet guns, BB guns and toys.

Reports suggest student "sexting" not big practice; best response to it is debated

Kern tied for state lead in expelling student smokers

California discipline data a great resource, but a detailed look finds errors

County board of education decides boy at heart of Center probe should not be kicked out of school

Kern County, California at ground zero in debate over school discipline

New report finds disproportionate punishments for black students in North Carolina

Child advocates say assistance needed to keep young border crossers away from criminals