Californians for Safety and Justice: Latinos

Latino Voices call for Smart Justice

New Report on Latino Experiences with Crime, the Criminal Justice System

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Read our report on Latino experiences with crime, the justice system and growing consensus for changes. Additionally, we partnered with the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (at the University of Southern California) to create three microsites that dives more deeply into these and other issues.

The Facts

Victims of Crime

  • Latinos are murdered twice as much as whites in California -- and more by strangers. 
  • Latinos are more likely to be shot and burglarized than whites.
  • Hate crimes against Latinos rise as immigration increases.
  • California Latinos experienced more repeat crimes than survivors overall.
  • Half of Latino survivors are unaware of recovery services

Unequal Treatment in the System

  • Latinos awaiting trial were more likely to be denied bail, or their bail was set higher than African Americans or whites. 
  • Latinos were 44% more likely to be incarcerated than whites for the same crimes.

Latinos Support Change

  • California Latino voters want officials to focus on less incarceration, not more
  • They want more supervised probation and rehabilitation by a five-to-one margin over sending more people to jail/prison.
  • Eight in 10 support shortening long sentences and using the savings for education, health services and prevention.


Make a Difference – Sign the Smart Justice Pledge

California needs new safety priorities that align with Latinos’ values and needs. Sign our smart justice pledge asking local and state policymakers to:

  1. Stop the cycle of crime by investing in prevention (early childhood education, schools and community health) – not more prisons and jails
  2. Sentence people convicted of nonviolent, non-serious offenses to community supervision and rehabilitation programs that can change behavior and focus our law enforcement resources on serious and violent crime
  3. Remove barriers to recovery for victims and listen to their safety priorities 



Help Californians win new safety priorities. We pledge to support smart justice strategies that increase safety and reduce costs. Join our efforts to save justice system money so we can invest in prevention, education and health. Click here to read more.