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Lost Opportunities: The Reality of Latinos in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): National Council of La Raza

Author(s): J. Michael Senger; Francisco A. Villarruel; Nancy E. Walker; Angela M. Arboleda; J. Michael Senger; Francisco A. Villarruel; Nancy E. Walker; Angela M. Arboleda

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

Topic: Justice (Legal procedure)

Keywords: Social inequality; Hispanic population; Incarceration; Criminal justice

Type: Report

Coverage: United States United States

Abstract:

Lost Opportunities: The Reality of Latinos in the U.S. Criminal Justice System examines the available data on the status of Latinos in the criminal justice system. It offers an extensive look at how the U.S. criminal justice system works, the factors underlying the overrepresentation of Latinos in the system, and the specific problems associated with the prosecution and treatment of individuals with substance abuse dependency issues. The discussion also provides an analysis and recommendations for replacing the downward spiral of incarceration and recidivism with smart solutions leading to positive outcomes for Latinos and community safety.