Is this because Latinos are now committing more crimes? No, according to the report, it’s because of the shift towards prosecutions of immigration violations under programs like Operation Streamline:
Sentences for felony immigration crimes, which include illegal crossing as well as other crimes such as alien smuggling, accounted for most of the increase in the number of Hispanics sent to prison over the last decade.
Operation Streamline has ripped countless families apart, cost the government billions of dollars, enriched the private prison industry, caused a judicial emergency, and now is apparently contributing to monumental demographic shifts in the prison system. Perhaps its time to rethink this program?