Minority and Immigrant Perceptions of Policing: Analysis of a Latino Community

Guadalupe Vidales, University of California, Irvine
John Dombrink, University of California, Irvine
John Song, Buffalo State College

This paper presents findings from a community survey of minority, largely immigrant Latino resients, and informant interviews with Latino community leaders in a California community. The experience of minority residents, especially immigrants, with a range of criminal justice and legal system issues is explored. Key analyses involve the experience of residents with the legal system and with police, attitudes toward the police, and willingness to participate with the criminal justice system. The paper also analyses the responses int he context of current police practices, community debate, and certaincultural variables. The paper also compares the attitudes and experiences of the Latino sample with that of an Anglo sample from the same community.

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