Since 1970, the United States has experienced unparalleled growth in its prison population and a majority of those incarcerated are racial and ethnic minorities.  In fact, between 1985 and 1997, minorities made up 70% of new prison inmates. 14   This statistic shows that minority populations clearly experience unfair treatment and discrimination.   Latinos/as as a group are facing more and more discrimination in the criminal justice system leading to even greater disparities within the prison populations.  Nowhere is this discrimination more obvious than when looking at statistics showing rates of Latino/a imprisonment and treatment within the criminal justice system.

Percent Latino Population Incarcerated By County






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