ERIC Number: ED148555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec-9
Reference Count: 0
Corrections and the Mexican American Citizen: A Need for Review.
Pompa, Gilbert G.
Organizations like the Mexican American Correctional Association have brought to the attention of Spanish-speaking criminal justice groups the problems affecting Mexican American citizens. Although changes are necessary in all facets of the administration of the justice system, substantive progress is being made. For example, the Office for Improvements in the Administration of Justice has been established to study various alternative approaches to bringing the justice system closer to the people. This office has already set up experimental neighborhood justice centers in three major cities to serve as local citizens dispute resolution centers to keep minor crimes out of the state court systems so the major crimes may be given priority. Among the more specific proposals that may, in the future, affect corrections employees are: the proposed legislation to update and revise the Federal criminal code; the legislation which would grant the Attorney General authority to institute civil actions in the Federal courts to redress deprivations of constitutional rights, and to intervene in litigation where it has been alleged that prisoners have been deprived of such rights; and the ongoing development of standards for Federal prisons. Many corrections administrators are viewing these proposals in the light of problems that might develop after their enactment. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at Mexican American Correctional Association (Oxnard, California, December 9, 1977)