State Data Lacking Impact of Mass Incarceration on Latinx Communities
Date:  10-17-2019

State Criminal Justice Data Drawn from White, Black and “Other” Category, often lumping Latinx population into White population
From Vera Institute of Justice:

Latinx Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15, is a time to celebrate the history, achievements, contributions, and heritage of Latinx people in the United States.

September 15 is the day when five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua—celebrate their Independence. Mexico, Chile, and Belize observe Independence Day on September 16, 18, and 21, respectively.

Though this month is a time to celebrate, it’s also a time to reflect on the challenges that Black and Latinx people face in the United States, including overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. We know that Latinx people are disproportionately incarcerated nationwide. But we still don’t know the true impact of mass incarceration on Latinx communities because many states’ criminal justice systems lack fully representative data on race and ethnicity. Data is essential to fight for meaningful reform and end mass incarceration. Although little data is collected on Latinx populations in the criminal justice system, here are a few things we know. Continue reading >>>