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.

Print Flyer
Cover image for Latinos and Criminal Justice

March 2016


Pages 506
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/Latino and Hispanic Studies
  • Award Winner!




    Add to Cart
  • eBook


    eBook Available from ABC-CLIO
    Email ABC-CLIO
    Call Your Preferred eBook Vendor for Pricing

  • International Pricing

    Hardcover: £77.00/84,00€/A$129.00

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 two parts. Part I offers detailed essays on particularly important topics. Part II provides brief, A–Z entries. Topics are crossreferenced 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 that provide context to major contemporary issues, such as immigrants and crime, drugs, youth, U.S.-Mexico border crime, policing, and prisons
  • Shorter, A–Z entries on a wide range of additional topics
  • Extensive bibliographies identifying further readings in the subject area


  • 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 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.



"This is a thoroughly researched, informative, and all-inclusive reference source for researchers looking for information in this area. It is recommended for most public libraries and will be a particularly important addition to academic libraries, especially those institutions with criminal-justice programs and courses."Booklist

"Undergraduate and graduate students, social activists, political leaders, and those interested in Latin American issues will find this book particularly valuable because of the lack of resources on this topic. This book will provide very useful information for those studying history, sociology, law, anthropology, or political science. Highly Recommended."ARBA

"Morín and his contributors . . . are to be commended for producing a clear, readable work that offers readers a handy means to explore this important realm of inquiry. Summing Up: Recommended. High school, community college, and undergraduate students; general readers; professionals/practitioners."Choice


Best Reference Titles of 2016 — Library Journal

Look Inside

Other Titles of Interest

History of Latinos cover imageLatin Music cover imageLatino History Day by Day cover image
Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music cover imageU.S. Latino Issues cover imageLatinos and Latinas at Risk cover image

Product Search

Product Search

Publication Year



Need Help? Try our Search Tips