Policy Report

This policy brief sifts through statistics and stereotypes to offer an engaging look at how America’s justice system is failing Latino youth. Readers will learn what various organizations are doing — nationally and locally — to address damaging racial and ethnic disparities and support our country’s largest minority group. The text closes with clear actions that policymakers must take to fix our broken justice system and keep all involved youth safe, out of adult prison and bound for a brighter tomorrow.    

May 1, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Stereotypes and statistics about Latino youth.

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    How our justice system is failing this demographic.

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    About programs that serve Latino children and families.

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    Policy pointers for reducing disparities in our justice system.

Key Takeaway

From police stops to sentencing, the justice system discriminates against Latino youth at every stage

Relative to their white counterparts, young Latinos are 43% more likely to be waived to the adult system and 40% more likely to be admitted to an adult prison. Disparities like this exist at every stage of the U.S. justice system — and never in a Latino youth’s favor. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations