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National Law Journal
November 12, 2012

Criminal caseloads in federal courts vary widely across country, study finds
By Zoe Tillman

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, which is based at Syracuse University, released the results of its latest study of judicial activity on November 12. Average judicial caseloads, as measured by the number of defendants sentenced per judge, ranged from a high of 7,020 in the Las Cruces federal court in New Mexico to a low of 147 in the District of Columbia. TRAC Co-Director Susan Long said today that she and other researchers were surprised by the wide range of criminal caseloads across the country and within courthouses. She said the data did back up anecdotal reports that criminal caseloads have tended to be higher in states along the U.S.-Mexico border; the 10 courts with the largest average criminal caseloads were in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California.

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