“New Illinois Law Adds Hispanic/Latino Category to Criminal Justice Data Collection” by dbaille
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Illinois has become one of only a handful of states to adopt standards requiring law enforcement to track Hispanic/Latino arrest data.
Only two states (New York and California) currently track such data, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Along with the 48 states that do not, neither does the FBI, rendering impossible a reliable determination by government officials, research analysts, service providers, and communities alike of how many people identifying as Hispanic/Latino are being arrested. Currently, these arrests are likely being counted in “white” and “African-American” categories.