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.

Data: Huge jump in Florida's homeless school-age kids

By Susan Ferriss

LA school abuse investigation runs into immigration fears

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles moves haltingly toward ending fines for truancy

By Susan Ferriss

Update: Calif. budget crunchers hear youth-prison closure debate

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles report: Limit suspensions, don't fine truants

By Susan Ferriss

Wildly different directions on when to eject kids from school

By Susan Ferriss

Coast to coast, questions over student interrogations

By Susan Ferriss

Federal report slams record of putting youth in adult prison

By Susan Ferriss

Georgia considers reforms for youth prisons rife with problems

By Susan Ferriss

Fight brewing over historic California plan to close last three youth prisons

By Susan Ferriss

New York City issues huge fine for breaking toy gun ban

By Susan Ferriss

Una epidemia de expulciones

By Susan Ferriss

Georgia's 'bootstrapping' detention of kids for indiscretions

By Susan Ferriss

Fatal Texas shooting highlights struggle to regulate replica guns

By Susan Ferriss

Struggles over responses to student "sexting"

By Susan Ferriss

Kern County's student smoking problem

By Susan Ferriss

California school discipline numbers need scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

Expulsion overturned for boy at heart of Center probe

By Susan Ferriss

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

New report cites disproportionate punishment for black students

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates say more should be done to assist immigrant minors crossing the border

By Susan Ferriss

Study finds stunning rates of discipline among Texas students

By Susan Ferriss

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