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¿Dónde Está la Justicia? A Call to Action on behalf of Latino and Latina Youth in the U.S.
According to the report, Latino and Latina youth receive disparate and more punitive treatment than their White peers charged with the same types of offenses. Available data actually under-count disparities because most states and the federal government fail to identify Latino youth in data collection, usually counting them as White.
Latino and Latina youth are more likely to be incarcerated than White youth charged with the same types of offenses. For youth charged with drug offenses, the incarceration rate for Latino youth was 13 times the rate for White youth. Latino youth charged with violent offenses were five times as likely to be incarcerated as White youth similarly charged. According to Human Rights Watch research, Latino youth are incarcerated at higher rates than Whites in 46 of the 50 states.
Other key findings of the report include:
There are a number of recommendations included in this report, among them:
Public officials, policymakers, and the justice system should:
Latino communities, youth and families should:
The entire report, including an executive summary and ordering information, can be found at www.buildingblocksforyouth.org/latino_rpt/index.html.
CWLA's press release on this report can be found at www.cwla.org/execdir/edremarks020718.htm.
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