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Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration.

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Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Martin Guevara Urbina & Sofia Espinoza Alvarez

Charles C. Thomas, Publisher

2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704

http://www.ccthomas.com

9780398091538, $49.95, PB, 356pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: "Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration: A Critical Reader on the Latino Experience" is designed as a Latino reader in criminal justice, covering a much broader spectrum of the Latino experience in criminal justice and society, while giving readers a broad overview of the Latino experience in a single volume. Considering the shifting trends in demographics and the current state of the criminal justice system, along with the current political climate, "Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration" is timely and of critical significance for the academic, political, and social arena.

The authors of this study, Martin Guevara Urbina (Professor of Criminal Justice, Sul Ross State University) and Sofia Espinoza Alvarez (Founder and President of Fundacion Empower Mexico, A. C., San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico) report, along with eight other contributors, sound evidence that testifies to a historical legacy of violence, brutality, manipulation, oppression, marginalization, prejudice, discrimination, power, and control, and to white America's continued fear about ethnic and racial minorities, a movement that continues in the twenty-first century as we have been witnessing during the 2015-2016 presidential race, highly charged with anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican political rhetoric.

A central objective of this book is to demystify and expose the ways in which ideas of ethnicity, race, gender, and class uphold the functioning and legitimacy of the criminal justice system. In this mission, rather than attempting to develop a single explanation for the Latino experience in policing, the courts, and the penal system, "Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration" presents a variety of studies and perspectives that illustrate alternative ways of interpreting crime, punishment, safety, equality, and justice.

The findings reveal that race, ethnicity, gender, class, and several other variables continue to play a significant role in the legal decision-making process. With the social control (from police brutality to immigration) discourse reaching unprecedented levels, "Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration" will have broad appeal for students, police officers, advocates/activists, attorneys, the media, and the general public.

Critique: "Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration" is a timely and comprehensive study that is as impressively informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. A model of research based scholarship, "Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to professional reading lists, as well as community, college, and university library Contemporary Judicial Studies collections.

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Title Annotation:Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration: A Critical Reader on the Latino Experience
Author:Andrew, Micah
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2017
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