Latinos and Criminal Justice

An Encyclopedia

by José Luis Morín, Editor


Although increased Latino immigration is often associated with increased crime, statistics belie that accusation. Immigrants are actually less likely to be involved in crime than citizens, and they have lower incarceration rates than other groups in the population. In fact, "high immigration" states, such as Arizona, have the lowest crime rates in the Union.

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September 2015


Pages 480
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/Latino and Hispanic Studies
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This unique compilation of essays and entries provides critical insights into the Latino/a experience with the U.S. criminal justice system.

Concerns about immigration's relationship to crime make accurate information and critical analysis of the utmost importance. Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia promotes understanding of Latinas and Latinos and the U.S. criminal justice system, at the same time dispelling popular misconceptions about this population and criminal activity in the United States.

Unlike a traditional encyclopedia comprised solely of A–Z entries, this work consists of three parts. Part I offers detailed essays on particularly important topics. Part II provides short, A–Z entries, and Part III gives readers access to resources and key public documents. Topics are cross-referenced to enable easy research. Among the wide range of topics covered are policing and police misconduct, incarceration, the war on drugs, gangs, border crime, and racial profiling. Historically important issues and events relative to the Latino experience of criminal justice in the United States are also included, as are key legal cases.


  • Topical essays on issues such as immigrants and crime, drugs, youth, border crime, racial profiling, and prisons
  • Shorter, A–Z entries on a wide range of additional topics
  • A section of key public documents
  • A selected bibliography divided into topic areas


  • Provides vital information at a time when questions and controversies swirl about Latinos in the United States
  • Addresses key areas of concern with respect to Latinos and crime, immigration, drugs, gangs, and police policies and practices in Latino and African American communities
  • Documents the often-forgotten history of Latinos in the United States, from the Greaser Act and zoot-suit riots to the contemporary experience of Latinos facing racial profiling and controversial immigration legislation
  • Contains both long essays that provide context and depth of discussion and shorter essays for quick reference on specific topics
Author Info

José Luis Morín is professor in the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department and a member of the faculty in the doctoral program in criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Professor Morín is author of Latino/a Rights and Justice in the United States: Perspectives and Approaches and a recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2007 "El Award" for outstanding contribution to the Latino community, presented by the El Diario/La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States.

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