Latinos and the Criminal Justice System: Overcoming the Racial Stigma From Trial to Incarceration

According to the National Council of La Raza “NCLR”, Latinos in the United States face discrimination and overrepresentation in every step of the criminal justice system, from arrest to incarceration.1 “Tough on crime” policies enacted since the 1970’s for the purpose of reducing violent crimes and promoting efficiency in the criminal justice system, have failed to ensure fairness for minorities.2 As a result of this neglect, Latinos receive disparate treatment throughout the criminal justice system.

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