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Latinos and the Texas Criminal Justice System

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Publication Date: January 2003

Publisher(s): National Council of La Raza

Author(s): Michael J. Coyle; Michael J. Coyle

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Justice (Legal procedure)

Keywords: Discrimination; Social inequality; Community development; Ethnic communities

Type: Brief

Coverage: Texas Texas

Abstract:

This brief analyzes the most recent data related to Latinos and the criminal justice system in Texas, and underscores the disparities that exist between Latinos and others in terms of incarceration, release rates, and other issues. The analysis indicates the need for alternatives to incarceration, such as substance abuse treatment and other approaches, to reduce the growth among Latinos in the prison population in Texas.