Behind Bars: Latino(a)s and Prison in the United States by S. Oboler

By S. Oboler

Prisons and the a number of ways in which Latino/as have constructed to strive against the pervasive inhumane acts visited on them are the center of this anthology. Its blend of scholarly displays, interviews, poetry, visible arts, and narratives of the inmates' lived stories situates the realities of criminal and its aftermath within the dialogue in regards to the beliefs of person freedom and rights. The authors spotlight the makes an attempt to normalize the systematic dehumanization of incarcerated Latino/as by way of “walling off” and sanitizing the pressing difficulties their very presence necessarily poses. This publication argues for the societal accountability to uphold the honor of all peoples, without reference to their histories and standing of their respective societies.

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Johnson, Kevin R. 2003. The case for African American and Latino/a cooperation in challenging racial profiling in law enforcement. Florida Law Review 55: 341–62. Kamasaki, Charles. 2002. Testimony on drug sentencing and its effects on the Latino community, February 25, 2002. C. PDF (accessed January 5, 2007). com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-05-06 36 JOSÉ LUIS MORÍN 37 Kocieniewski, David, and Robert Hanley. 2000. Racial profiling was routine. New York Times, November 28.

Among the challenges Rumbaut et al. S. PRISONS 32 JOSÉ LUIS MORÍN Further complicating matters, Latin American immigrants are generally recognized as underserved by law enforcement agencies and are susceptible to negative experiences with the criminal justice system. They face numerous obstacles to establishing good relations with police and other law enforcement agencies and many barriers to successfully traverse the criminal justice system, including language barriers and the fear of being subject to immigration law enforcement (Walker, Delone, and Spohn 2007, 107).

The subject of whether police treat people of color differently from whites has drawn considerable attention. com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-05-06 who victimize whites, those who accumulate more serious prior criminal records, or those who refuse to plead guilty or are unable to secure pretrial release—also may be singled out for more punitive treatment. (Spohn 2000, 481–82) 29 criminologists have written about the “racial halo effect,” “a dynamic whereby being white American, in and of itself, reduces the odds of being viewed with suspicion or being questioned by an officer” (Weitzer and Tuch 2006, 19; see also Weitzer 1999).

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