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.
Language barriers within the criminal justice system create real challenges to both due process rights and effective law enforcement. Whether it is at the point of arrest or in court, appropriate prac...more.
Two organizations are doing work specifically to address the racial and ethnic disparities that lead to the disproportionate incarceration of Latinos and blacks in the United States. The Pretri...more.
Below are key readings that highlight Latino disparities in arrest rates. Discrimination faced at the arrest stage is significant because it is the first point of contact between an individual and the...more.
In the early 1980s, in response to growing concerns about gang violence, jurisdictions in Southern California created the nation’s first gang injunctions—civil court orders against alleged mem...more.
Disparities by Latino Ethnicity in Los Angeles/California Racial disparities in the criminal justice system have been a major topic of research in both Los Angeles and nationally in the last tw...more.