Latinos and Criminal Justice
An Encyclopedia
by José Luis Morín, Editor
March 2016, 506pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35660-5
$121, £94, 106€, A166
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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.

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
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.


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"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, August 24, 2016

"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, August 31, 2016

"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, November 1, 2016
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