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Pew: Latinos comprise 33% of federal prison inmates - 02/18/09

Solomon Moore of the New York Times offers "Study Shows Sharp Rise in Latino Federal Convicts" (link): Latino convicts now represent the largest ethnic population in the federal prison system, accounting for 40 percent of all those convicted of federal crimes, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank. In 2007, Latinos, who make up 13 percent of the United States population, accounted for one third of all federal prison inmates, a result the study attributed to the sharp rise in illegal immigration and the increased enforcement of...