Susan Ferriss is a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. A former Cox Newspapers correspondent from Latin America, she reported, among other issues, on child labor, migration, and transnational gangs. She also covered state government and other issues for the Sacramento Bee. She is co-author of The Fight in the Fields, a history of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement.
Courts across the country are denying poor kids the right to an attorney. Many end up in jail for minor offenses like missing school or smoking. Is there a new branch of the school-to-prison pipeline?