Author: Melissa E. Abeyta, Ed.D.
Latinos make up 22% of the 2.3 million males in state or federal custody (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2016). In California, Latino men are overrepresented in prison: they are 41% of the prison population, but only 38% of the state population (Sakala, 2014). The effects of incarceration for Latino men have lasting social and economic inequities for them and their communities. The various effects of incarceration include the psychological effect, generational and community impacts, and economic instability.
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