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ISBN-10: 1479891967
ISBN-13: 9781479891962
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 09/14/2021
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.98" W, 0.94" H

Latinas in the Criminal Justice System: Victims, Targets, and Offenders

Editor: Lisa Pasko

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Price: $35.00

Overview

How Latina girls and women become entangled in the criminal justice system

Despite representing roughly 16 percent of incarcerated women, Latina women and girls are often rendered invisible in accounts of American crime and punishment. In Latinas in the Criminal Justice System, Vera Lopez and Lisa Pasko bring together a group of distinguished scholars to provide a more complete, nuanced picture of Latinas as victims, offenders, and targets of deportation. Featuring Cecilia Menjívar, Lisa M. Martinez, Alice Cepeda, and others, this volume examines the complex histories, backgrounds, and struggles of Latinas in the criminal justice system.

Contributors show us how Latinas encounter a variety of justice systems, including juvenile detention, adult court and corrections, and immigration and customs enforcement. Topics include Latina victims of crime and their perceptions of police officers; the impact of the US “crimmigration” system on undocumented Latina women; and help-seeking among Latina victims of intimate partner violence. Additionally, key chapters highlight the emergence of legal reforms, community mobilization efforts, and gender-sensitive alternatives to incarceration designed to increase equitable outcomes.

Lopez and Pasko broaden our understanding of how gender, ethnicity, and legal status uniquely shape the experiences of system-impacted Latina girls and women. Latinas in the Criminal Justice System is a timely and much-needed resource for academics, activists, and policymakers.

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Contributing authors masterfully examine and vividly delineate the historical, social, legal, and ideological forces governing the Latina experience with the penal system and mainstream American society. In a highly charged political era, this book is a timely contribution to help educate readers about police, law and society, race/ethnic relations, and social and legal reform.–M.G Urbina "Choice"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1479891967
ISBN-13: 9781479891962
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 09/14/2021
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.98" W, 0.94" H
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