Putting TRAC to Work
  Legal and Scholarly
December 2013

Measuring Public Corruption in the United States: Evidence from Administrative Records of Federal Prosecutions
By Adriana Cordis, Winthrop University and Jeffrey Milyo, University of Missouri

In contrast to most published studies, we analyze actual administrative records on corruption prosecutions for the Department of Justice (DOJ). In doing so, we follow Boylan and Long (2003) who obtained administrative records on convictions for the Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center (FJSRC). However, beginning in 2001, the FJSRC changes its classification system so that it no long identifies public corruprtion cases. Instead, we access the DOJ administrative records via the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a non‐profit group dedicated to facilitating public access to federal data. TRAC uses Freedom of Information requests to collect a plethora of up to‐date government records; this information is available to the public, albeit under a limited license......[citing TRAC research].

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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