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Latinas in the Criminal Justice SystemVictims, Targets, and Offenders$
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Vera Lopez and Lisa Pasko

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804634

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804634.001.0001

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Latinas in the Criminal Justice System

Vera Lopez

Lisa Pasko

NYU Press

The introduction to the volume lays out the general purpose and goals of the book. It answers the query “Why this book?” while also explaining the intersectional framework that guides each section. The first section of this volume examines how the boundaries between “victim” and “offenders” are often blurred on the basis of Latina girls’ and women’s sexualities, legal status, and past histories of drug use and criminal justice involvement. The second section focuses more specifically on Latinas’ experiences once they enter the juvenile justice or criminal justice system as “offenders.” The next section considers how undocumented Latina immigrant girls and women navigate the U.S. “crimmigration” system. The final section highlights the importance of community-based alternatives that are culturally and gender responsive to address the needs of system-impacted Latina girls.

Keywords:   intersectional, Latina, legal status, criminal justice, juvenile justice, offenders, crimmigration, community

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