Punished: Policing The Lives Of Black And Latino Boys (new Perspectives In Crime, Deviance, And Law)Rating
- Number of Pages: 237
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Victor Rios grew up in the ghetto of Oakland, California in the 1980s and 90s. A former gang member and juvenile delinquent, Rios managed to escape the bleak outcome of a lot of of his buddies and earned a Ph D at Berkeley and returned to his hometown to study how inner city young Latino and African American boys develop their sense of self within the midst of crime and intense policing. Punished examines the difficult lives of these young men, who now face punitive policies in their schools, communities, and a world where they are constantly policed and stigmatized.
Rios followed a group of forty delinquent Black and Latino boys for three years. But beyond a fatalistic account of these marginalized young men, Rios finds that the very system that criminalizes them and limits their opportunities, sparks resistance in addition to a raised consciousness that motivates some to transform their lives and become productive citizens. These boys found themselves in a vicious cycle, caught in a spiral of punishment and incarceration as they were harassed, profiled, watched, and disciplined at young ages, even before they had committed any crimes, eventually leading numerous of them to fulfill the destiny expected of them. Ultimately, he argues that by understanding the lives from the young guys who are criminalized and pipelined through the criminal justice system, we can begin to develop empathic solutions which assistance these young men in their development and to eliminate the culture of punishment that has become an overbearing component of their everyday lives.
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