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Research Paper/Writing Assignment – No. 2 – 25%The second writing assignment should discuss Hispanic/Latino Americans in relation to diversity in the criminal justice system. Each student will be required to submit a SIX (6) page paper in APA format with SIX (6) in-text cited references and a separate bibliography/works cited page with SIX (6) references to confirm that citation skills are on college-level. The topic for the second research paper must relate to Latino Americans/Hispanics in the criminal justice system. For example, Latino/Hispanic Gangs, Race and Sentencing, Police Enforcement and the Hispanic/Latino Community; Latinos and Education in a Diverse Community, Latinos and Immigration, Latinos as Victims of Crime, Drug Use and the Hispanic/Latino Community and any other topic relating to Latinos/Hispanics discussed in class or of interest to a student.
Effects of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement on Latino Population
For law enforcement to be effective police must ensure bonds of trust with members of the communities they serve in order to establish and maintain effective police-community relations. Volunteering to help the police in solving crime in these communities depends on the effectiveness of the established bonds of trust. As a result, Theodore and Habans (2016) state that law enforcement agencies try to improve their police-community relationships especially through the introduction of various community policing initiatives. Nonetheless, considering the extent to which the bonds of trust between police and segments of the population especially the Hispanic and Latino Americans, is undermined by these law enforcement practices, these form of policing typically invites various problems and challenges and needs reform. When law enforcement agencies especially local ones are being increasingly integrated into immigration enforcement, like under the 287(g) program or various other state laws, this active involvement leads to controversy, complications, and challenges in law enforcement authorities’ efforts of ensuring that their main mission of preventing and investigating crime is fulfilled (Solomon et al., 2017). This paper discusses the unintended outcome of the increasing police engagement in immigration enforcement where a significant portion of the Latino population in the US is less willing to volunteer to the law enforcement agencies to provide information about a crime or report crime especially because they are afraid that the police officers will use this contact to follow up their immigration status together with that of other people close to them.
Isolation and Disconnectedness from Police
Despite that law enforcement officers are sworn to protect everyone in the communities they serve, many Latinos feel isolated from the police. The majority of the Latino population in the US are afraid that when they get involved with the police in any way especially through reporting or providing information about a given criminal activity, they not only put themselves at risk but also those close to them such as family members and friends. In the US, Wong et al. (2021) state that 45% of Latinos reports that they do not want to volunteer to offer information about criminal activity regardless of how helpful it may be in the investigation because they fear that since the police are actively involved in immigration enhancement, these officers may see it as a chance to inquire about their immigration status as well as that of their family members and friends…………for help with this assignment contact us via Email Address: email@example.com