Given the increasing Latino prison population and the recent news and commentary surrounding the Troy Davis case, I thought I would share this piece. One reason why Latinos may want to study up on the death penalty issue involved how our population is already treated in the judicial system. As this piece points out:
“This mass incarceration, which harms families and communities, and the racial disparities, underscore the fact that major reforms are needed to change the way police operate in communities of color, and how people of color are treated by prosecutors, judges and juries.
One overlooked fact is that many African American and Latino defendants are poorer than white defendants and cannot afford attorneys that have the resources to properly defend them against better-resourced prosecutors.”
What are your thoughts? Should Latino civil rights organizations pay more attention to incarceration issues and the death penalty?