Gringo Injustice: Insider Perspectives on Police, Gangs, and Law

1st Edition

Alfredo Mirandé

Routledge
September 24, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780367276065 - CAT# K425882

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Summary

Despite the increase in public concern with crime and police violence in minority communities, racial profiling, victimization of people of Color and a powerful "Black Lives Matter" movement started in direct response to incidents of excessive police force, the victimization of Latinos has been relatively ignored.

Written by insiders with first-hand knowledge and experience, Gringo Injustice explores the complex relationship between Latinos in the United States and the legal and judicial system in the 21st century. Authors from a range of different backgrounds before becoming academics, including former law enforcement officers, ex-gang members and gang-affiliated youth, practicing attorneys and community activists, share their unique perspectives on the issues facing Latinos and initiate a critical dialogue on an important and neglected topic. Essays examine the unauthorized use of deadly force by police officers and incidents of racial profiling, particularly among those of Mexican origin. The book also highlights the hyper-criminalization of barrio youth and the disproportionate imprisonment of Latinos. Broadly, the authors address why there is so little public concern related to these issues and provide timely policy recommendations and alternative solutions to these persistent problems.

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