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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


Recently there has been a change in the interaction and trust between the justice system and Chicanos. This paper will delve into how interactions between the criminal justice system and the Chicano community have increased as well as examine the support levels or lack thereof within the justice system. I will use survey statistics found in reports from the PEW Research Center and also focus on Chicanos who interact with the justice system on a daily basis. According to a Pew Research Center report, approximately fifty-six percent of Chicanos have had some sort of interaction with the criminal justice system. This paper will seek out the answers of how Chicanos have been affected as they interact with the criminal justice system over time. The appointment or elections of Chicano/Latino judges at the state level and their contributions to the legal profession and their community will be among the main focus, of this study. Keywords: Chicano, Criminal Justice System, Latino Judges.