Latinos & the Criminal Justice System

The following digital publications, supported by Californians for Safety and Justice, were produced using the USC Media Curator, an online publishing platform designed to bring together innovative research from across the University of Southern California and beyond. Additionally, Californians for Safety and Justice released in June 2014 a comprehensive report on existing data about Latinos, crime and the justice system, including recommendations. Click here to learn more. In addition to the research, TRPI and Californians for Safety and Justice hosted a 3-part event series at USC on criminal justice issues at the state and local level.

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Latino Experiences with Crime


Latinos—and particularly young Latinos—face disproportionate risks of experiencing violent crime. Latinos under 30 are almost three times as likely to be homicide victims as white people the same age. Latinos are more likely than average to be threatened or attacked with a gun. And when Latinos report crimes, the report is less likely to lead to an arrest than the same crimes do when the victims are white…more


Disparities in the Criminal Justice System


Do racial and ethnic minorities receive the same treatment as whites in the criminal justice system? Researchers have attempted to identify and measure such disparities for more than half a century, and the research findings have in turn prompted policy debates that remain contentious and unresolved to this day. The growth of the Latino population…more


Latino Public Opinion & Perception


In public opinion surveys Latinos display a split personality on criminal justice issues. They feel aggrieved about perceived mistreatment, but they also seek protection from the criminal justice system. Hispanics hold police responsible for controlling crime in their neighborhoods but at the same time regard law enforcement with a great degree of suspicion…more


Media Coverage

Viewpoints: Latinos have paid price for broken criminal justice system by Robert Suro, The Sacramento Bee

Study: Latinos treated unfairly in justice system by Henry K. Lee, SFGate

Latinos heavily impacted by justice system, report finds by Rina Palta, Southern California Public Radio

Report: Latinos overrepresented as crime victims and in justice system by Brenda Gazzar, Woodland Daily Democrat


About Californians for Safety and Justice

Californians for Safety and Justice, a project of the Tides Center, is a nonprofit working with Californians from all walks of life to replace prison and justice system waste with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods and save public dollars. Through policy advocacy, public education, partnerships and support for local best practices, they promote effective criminal justice strategies to stop the cycle of crime and build healthy communities…more