Justice System Treats Latinos Unfairly: Study

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“Latinos receive more severe treatment at all stages of the criminal justice system, beginning with police stops and ending with longer periods of incarceration, than similarly-situated white Americans.” So concludes the National Council of La Raza in a report out today on Latinos and the U.S. justice system. The study says that 9.4 percent of Hispanics, and 16 percent of Hispanic men, will be imprisoned during their lifetime, compared with 6.6 percent of Americans overall.

The report explores possible reasons for unfair treatment of Latinos, including criminal justice “personnel who, in too many cases, are neither bilingual nor culturally competent, and a system that is too complex to navigate, particularly for recent immigrants.” Among other subjects, the report discusses racial profiling, disparities in legal representation, and the lack of drug treatment for offenders. It argues that “incarceration if ineffective for nonviolent drug offenders.”

Link: http://www.nclr.org/content/news/detail/27460/?PHPSESSID=f74515f3539b13f52012bb03f3f5e3ea

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