Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Source: David Sanders, The New York Times

Do racial and ethnic minorities receive the same treatment as whites in the criminal justice system? Recent studies analyzing the effects of race, ethnicity, and national origin have found that American Latinos and undocumented Latinos are more likely to be denied bail, required to pay bail, and required to pay a higher bail to gain release than whites. During the sentencing phase, some studies suggest that Latinos are likely to receive harsher prison sentences. Researchers have attempted to identify and measure such disparities for more than half a century, and the research findings have in turn prompted policy debates that remain contentious and unresolved to this day. The growth of the Latino population has added several dimensions of complexity to the issue. Now it is important to understand the scope of disparities among minorities—notably blacks and Latinos—as well as between minorities and whites. Moreover, the foreign-born Latino population, with a sizable share of unaut...more.


The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, a university research center with the mission to address the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city, has produced these digital publications using the USC Media Curator, an online publishing platform designed to bring together innovative research from across the University of Southern California and beyond. This project curates research on Latinos and the criminal justice system, focusing on  Latino experiences with crimedisparities in the system, and Latino public opinion & perception. This project was supported by Californians for Safety and JusticeAdditionally, Californians for Safety and Justice released in June 2014 a comprehensive report on existing data about Latinos, crime and the justice system, including recommendations. Click here to learn more. 


Source: Black Youth Project

Study Finds Youth from Disadvantaged Communities Are More Likely to be Incarcerated

A study released in May 2013 found that black and Latino youth were more likely than white youth to be institutionalized. Furthermore, youth from economically disadvantaged areas were more likely ...more.