How Latino Criminality and Victimization Compares to African American and White Races
Over that period, a tremendous body of research has accumulated on this topic. Some studies have found that racial/ethnic minorities are sentenced more harshly than whites even after legally relevant factors, such as offense seriousness and prior criminal history, are taken into consideration. Conversely, a few studies have reached the opposite conclusion–racial minorities are treated more leniently than whites, while still other research has found no differences in sentencing outcomes by race/ethnicity of the defendant.
The decline of Hispanic familialism brought about by generational progression may also theoretically impact parenting and the development of self-control. Changes in either have significant implications for crime and victimization. If intergenerational distance or discord exists within families or neighborhoods, parenting practices, parent-child relationships, and the development of self-control may prove challenging. Problems with any of these may increase the likelihood of crime and victimization and thus may assist in disentangling the complex relationship between acculturation and crime. The issue of immigration and crime at the macro-level has largely been studied apart from the etiology of offending within immigrant populations. This body of research can, however, inform our understanding of the ways in which macro-level factors such as neighborhood characteristics, particularly immigrant concentration, may have bearing on individual experiences.
The Hispanic community should recognize their rights and carry a strict campaign against being discriminated. The local government should protect these minority communities from racial discrimination as a posed method towards enhancing well-being of each and every citizen.
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