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National Latinx Opinions on Criminal Justice Reform

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LatinoJustice developed a survey in collaboration with Latino Decisions that surveyed Latinxs on a range of criminal justice reform issues. This first national poll of Latinx opinions on criminal justice reform reveals that Latinos Are Concerned About Police Violence, Feel Less Safe Under Trump But Insist on Increased Spending on Rehabilitation Instead of More Funding for Prisons or Police

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National Latinx Opinions on Criminal Justice Reform

  1. 1. LATINOS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE, POLICING, AND DRUG POLICY REFORM Edward D. Vargas, PhD, MPH Senior Analyst, Latino Decisions January 10, 2018
  2. 2. Methodology 2  Sponsored by LatinoJustice/PRLDEF  National survey of Latinos  Field Dates: November 6-20, 2017  N=800 respondents, +/- 3.5% MoE  Blended sample: mobile phone, landline, online  English or Spanish, at discretion of each respondent
  3. 3. Key Findings 3  Latinos are significantly concerned about their public safety  They are convinced that they will be more subject to unlawful deadly force by police and oppose the use of racial profiling by law enforcement  Latinos also feel less safe after Trump’s election and they perceive whites to be more discriminatory or angry towards them since the presidential election  Latinos fully support criminal justice, policing and drug policy reform  More rehabilitation, drug treatment and mental health programs over increased funding for police or prisons;  Less incarceration for nonviolent offenses; restoring the vote to people who have paid their debt to society
  4. 4. Police Profiling – Stop and Search 4 How do you feel about police officers stopping and searching people solely because of their race or ethnicity? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  5. 5. Treatment of Latinos by Police 5 National attention has focused on the treatment of African Americans by the local police, do you think Latinos experience similar treatment by the local police? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  6. 6. Deadly Force 6 Police are more likely to unjustly use deadly force against Latino/Hispani cs than against whites. [Agree] Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  7. 7. Policing & Victimization 7 Do you agree or disagree with: Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  8. 8. Policing & Victimization 8 Do you agree with: People like me are more likely to be victims of crime Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  9. 9. Crime Victimization 9 Have you been a victim of any crime? [Yes] Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  10. 10. Policing & Victimization 10 Do you agree with: People like me are more likely to be stopped by police Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  11. 11. Linked Fate with Formerly Incarcerated 11 What happens generally to formerly incarcerate d Latinos in this country will have something to do with what happens in your life. Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  12. 12. 12 What happens generally to formerly incarcerate d Latinos in this country will have something to do with what happens in your life. Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%) Linked Fate with Formerly Incarcerated
  13. 13. Trump Administration & Safety 13 Since President Trump’s election how safe do you feel? Do you feel less safe, same, or safer? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  14. 14. Trump Administration & Discrimination 14 Since President Trump’s election, do you feel that whites have become more racially discriminato ry and angry towards Latinos? [Yes] Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  15. 15. Funding to Reduce Crime 15 If there were additional funding to reduce crime, which one of the following would you support increasing? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  16. 16. Funding to Reduce Crime 16 If there were additional funding to reduce crime, which one of the following would you support increasing? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  17. 17. Funding to Reduce Crime 17 If there were additional funding to reduce crime, which one of the following would you support increasing? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  18. 18. Stricter Punishment or Rehabilitation 18 Do you think the country would be better served by stricter punishment for people convicted of crimes or there should be greater efforts to rehabilitate people convicted of a crime? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  19. 19. Most Important Problems in CJ System 19 Which problems do you think are most important to address in the criminal justice system? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  20. 20. Voting Rights 20 Do you think people who have been convicted of a crime and who have paid their debt to society should have the right to vote? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  21. 21. Voting Rights 21 Do you think people who have been convicted of a crime and who have paid their debt to society should have the right to vote? [Yes] Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  22. 22. Voting Rights 22 Do you think people who have been convicted of a crime and who have paid their debt to society should have the right to vote? [Yes] Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  23. 23. Relationships with Formerly Incarcerated 23 [38% know someone formerly incarcerate d] Is that a family member or a friend, who has been convicted of a felony, or do you know both? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  24. 24. Data Gaps on Latinos in CJ System 24 Currently, the Department of Justice does not track and ask inmates their ethnicity, how important do you think it is to collect data on Latinos in the criminal justice system? [Somewhat & Very Important] Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  25. 25. Political Party & CJ Policy 25 Which political party do you think has a better approach to handling criminal justice policy? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  26. 26. Marijuana for Personal Use 26 Do you think it should be legal or illegal to possess Marijuana for personal use? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  27. 27. Marijuana Sentencing 27 [If Illegal to possess for recreational use] Which of the following items should be considered a penalty for people convicted of possessing Marijuana for personal use? Source: LatinoJustice Survey Nov. 2017 (N=800; MoE +/-3.5%)
  28. 28. Key Findings 28  Latinos are significantly concerned about their public safety  They are convinced that they will be more subject to unlawful deadly force by police and oppose the use of racial profiling by law enforcement  Latinos also feel less safe after Trump’s election and they perceive whites to be more discriminatory or angry towards them since the presidential election  Latinos fully support criminal justice, policing and drug policy reform  More rehabilitation, drug treatment and mental health programs over increased funding for police or prisons  Less incarceration for nonviolent offenses; restoring the vote to people who have paid their debt to society

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