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Sustaining Faith TraditionsRace, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation$
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Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717356

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717356.001.0001

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Latinos and Faith-Based Recovery from Gangs

Latinos and Faith-Based Recovery from Gangs

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(p.113) Chapter 6 Latinos and Faith-Based Recovery from Gangs
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Sustaining Faith Traditions
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Edward Flores

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814717356.003.0006

This chapter argues that the corrections system in California targets black and brown men of color, such that one in six Latinos will be incarcerated at some time in his life. The preservation of such inequality hinders the religious mainstreaming of Catholic and even Protestant Latinos into a triple melting pot and ultimately results in the development of uniquely Chicano faith-based organizations. The chapter looks at two sites—Victory Outreach, a Pentecostal-evangelical church; and Homeboy Industries, a nondenominational nonprofit—in examining how theologies, religious practices, and the context of gang exit converge to establish Chicano-themed, faith-based communities into which existing gang members can integrate. Recovery from gang life occurs by entry into both sheltered and integrative faith-based groups.

Keywords:   Catholic Latinos, Protestant Latinos, California corrections system, Chicano-faith based organizations, Victory Outreach, Homeboy Industries, gang life

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