The Collateral Consequences of Prisonization: Racial Sorting, Carceral Identity, and Community....

Prisons perpetuate the criminalization of specific groups of people by sorting and labeling them as gang members. Analyzing how Latinx people are sorted in California prisons based on assumed gang affiliation, this article discusses the role of prisons in targeting Latinx communities for policing. In this way, prisons are creating and contributing to a social order in which poor people of color are labeled and targeted as criminal.


Lopez-Aguado, P. (2016). The Collateral Consequences of Prisonization: Racial Sorting, Carceral Identity, and Community Criminalization: The Collateral Consequences of Prisonization. Sociology Compass, 10(1), 12–23. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12342

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