Latinas in the Criminal Justice System: Victims, Targets, and Offenders (Latina/O Sociology #18) (Paperback)
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How Latina girls and women become entangled in the criminal justice systemDespite 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 Menj var, 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.
About the Author
Vera Lopez is a Professor of Justice & Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University and author of Complicated Lives: Girls, Parents, Drugs, and Juvenile Justice. Lisa Pasko is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology and affiliated faculty in the Gender & Women's Studies Program at the University of Denver. She is co-author of The Female Offender: Girls, Women, and Crime.