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A rural county with a high Hispanic population showed small disproportionate minority contact (citation or arrest) in initial analysis of federally required Disproportionate Minority Confinement studies but closer examination of a random sample of all juveniles arrested in 2000 showed that a subtle but significant disparity still existed when a more detailed examination was conducted. While overt discrimination did not appear to be extreme, stereotypes still negatively influenced Hispanic/Law Enforcement relations at various levels and Hispanics were still over represented in contacts and confinement. Three areas were examined that may explain/inform these lingering disparity issues: Cultural, Economic and Structural factors.

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This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice © 2007 Taylor & Francis; Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice is available online at: doi: 10.1300/J222v05n01_02

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