Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia

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Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Jose Luis Morin. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 506 p. Acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-0-313-35660-5). E-book available (978-0-313-35661-2), call for pricing.

This new reference work brings together a wealth of information from more than thirty scholars hitherto available only in a widely scattered array of academic literature, journalism, and government reports dealing with various aspects of the intersection of Latina/o peoples and the US criminal justice system. In the editor's introduction, Jose Luis Morin states the need to fill this information void. While called "an encyclopedia," this work is less a traditional A-Z reference source and more a collection of themed essays that thoroughly explore various subjects reflecting the most current research and analysis of issues that encompass scholarship in law, political science, ethnic and gender studies, as well as criminology and sociology. While the book includes an A-Z listing, in many cases the most thorough treatment of a given term or topic is provided in one or more of the nine in-depth essays at the beginning of the book. Cross-references from the A-Z section lead the reader to these essays, all of which provide extensive source bibliographies for the serious researcher. The thematic essays, for example--"Policing and Latina/o Communities," "Incarceration and Latina/os in the United States," "The U.S. War on Drugs and Latina/o Communities," "Crime and the U.S.-Mexican Border"--are based on historic and current data sources and provide thoughtful, readable and critical overviews of complex topics. …

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