Victor M. Rios, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, New York, NY: New York University Press, 2011, 218 pages, ISBN 978-0-8147-7638-4, $21.00 (Paperback).

  • Sandra Quinones


Victor M. Rios’s Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys is a timely and worthy book for readers interested in gaining a multiple-layered understanding of the lives of policed young people in Oakland, California. It is also instrumental for readers examining issues relevant to the school-to-prison pipeline in the United States. But more importantly, Punished is a book that can be purposefully used in education courses as part of efforts to critically examine interactions between youth, schools, and their communities.