Gender, Ethnicity, and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics

Gender, Ethnicity, and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics By Juanita Díaz-Cotto

Gender, Ethnicity, and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics
By Juanita Díaz-Cotto

Gender, Ethnicity, and the State is a study of Latina and Latino prisoners in New York State. Through the use of two case studies, it compares the organizing strategies for reform pursued by Latina and Latino prisoners between 1970-1987, the support they received from non-Latina(o) prisoners and third parties, and the response of penal personnel to their calls for support. The work also contains information on Latino prisoner participation and community response to both the 1971 Attica Rebellion and the 1970 New York City jail rebellions.

The data for this study was compiled through a combination of primary and secondary sources. Primary sources include in-depth interviews and oral histories conducted with Latina(o) and African-American ex-prisoners, prisoners’ rights attorneys, community activists, and penal staff. Other primary sources include prisoner and mainstream English and Spanish language newspapers; prisoners’ rights newsletters; court cases; and government and private organizational reports.