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St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 5, 2011

Ruben Rosario: Federal cases by the numbers: Data do not tell entire picture
By Ruben Rosario

TRAC researchers compared the last two years of the George W. Bush administration with the first two years of Barack Obama's when it came to each type of prosecution as well as staffing levels among federal agencies and prosecutor offices. They found that with federal enforcement more focused on immigration matters, other kinds of felony prosecutions fell by 6 percent. The decline began with Bush and continues under Obama. We're talking here about drug trafficking, organized and white-collar crime, and other offenses. What makes the decline intriguing, if not troubling, is that it took place at a time when the feds boosted the size of major federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutorial staff nationwide.

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