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Latinos Disproportionately Jailed in Arpaio’s Arizona on Immigration Violations

by Jacquelyn Mahendra on 07/07/2009 at 12:16pm

Latinos Jailed DisproportionatelyWe’ve been tracking the injustices of Sheriff Joe Arpaio for some time now. Here’s the latest, from blogger Erin Rosa of Gabacha.com:

Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff who has made a career out of targeting undocumented immigrants and using dehumanizing tactics on jail inmates, has now achieved another accomplishment. The majority of inmates locked up in his jails are Latino males.

Rosa cites today’s Arizona Republic exposé on the increasing percentage of Latino inmates being locked away in Sheriff Joe’s jurisdiction. It comes as no surprise when one scratches the ugly surface of the Sheriff’s policing tactics, for which he is now undergoing federal investigation. (Thanks, in part to our outraged supporters who helped send 38,000 petition signatures to the Justice Department!).

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