About this Report

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Southern California where it is a project of the Price Center for Social Innovation.

This report is intended to serve as a tool for policymakers and advocates. The website presents an analysis of how the criminal justice system, and jails in particular, impact Latinos and noncitizens. It also explores a variety of policies which seek to keep people outside of the criminal justice system, and reduce jail populations. The articles in this website present concrete policy examples and link to nearly 200 resources.



The authors would like to thank the following people for their guidance and feedback on various parts of this report:

  • Franklin Cruz, Chief Operating Officer and Program Director, Justice Management Institute

  • Ingrid Eagly, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, UCLA Law School

  • Nancy Fishman, Project Director, Center on Sentencing and Corrections, Vera Institute of Justice

  • Christian Henrichson, Research Director, Vera Institute of Justice

  • Karen Maline, Project Manager, Programs, International Association of Chiefs of Police

  • Rebecca Pirius, Senior Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures


Roberto Suro: Professor with a joint appointment at Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, associate director of the Price Center for Social Innovation, and director of the Southern California Symposium. Prior to joining the USC faculty in 2007, was the founding director of the Pew Hispanic Center and a member of the management committee that established the Pew Research Center. From 1974 to 2001 worked as a print journalist on a number of publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. 

Nicole Brown: Research Fellow at the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and recent Master of Public Policy graduate. Prior to USC, was Field Director at Unite Oregon (formerly the Center for Intercultural Organizing), a grassroots advocacy organization working to advance immigrant and refugee rights. At Unite Oregon, work focused on addressing police profiling and ending law enforcement collaboration with Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

Tingyee Chang: Research Assistant at the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and senior at USC studying Public Policy and Neuroscience. Also works on refugee mental health in USC Department of Psychology and social justice peer education with USC Asian Pacific American Student Services.

This report was created with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, which seeks to reduce overincarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. More information is available at www.SafetyandJusticeChallenge.org.

For questions about our research, email TRPIJustice@gmail.com or call (213) 740-8582. 

Last updated on July 20, 2018.