U.S. Latinos and criminal injustice / Lupe S. Salinas.
East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 
xxvi, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Latinos in the United States series.
Formatted Contents Note
History and evolution of the U.S. Latino population The legally white, socially brown Latino Anti-Latino hate crimes Reactions to the Latino threat Racial profiling of U.S. Latinos by local police officers Abuses resulting from federal immigration enforcement efforts State and local police deprivations of Latino civil rights Inequity in the formation of grand and petit juries The rights of limited-English-proficient accused in the criminal courts Latino victims of denials of due process How mass incarceration underdevelops Latino communities.
"Latinos in the United States encompass a broad range of racial, socioeconomic, and sociopolitical identities. Originating from the Caribbean, Spain, Central and South America, and Mexico, they have unique justice concerns. The ethnic group includes U.S. citizens, authorized resident aliens, and undocumented aliens, a group that has been a constant partner in the Latino legal landscape for over a century. This book addresses the development and rapid growth of the Latino population in the United States and how race-based discrimination, hate crimes, and other prejudicial attitudes, some of which have been codified via public policy, have grown in response. Salinas explores the degrading practice of racial profiling, an approach used by both federal and state law enforcement agents; the abuse in immigration enforcement; and the use of deadly force against immigrants. The author also discusses the barriers Latinos encounter as they wend their way through the court system. While all minorities face the barrier of racially based jury strikes, bilingual Latinos deal with additional concerns, since limited-English-proficient defendants depend on interpreters to understand the trial process. As a nation rich in ethnic and racial backgrounds, the United States, Salinas argues, should better strive to serve its principles of justice." -- Publisher's website.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-336) and index.