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November 12, 2012

Study Finds Big Differences in Federal Criminal Caseloads, High Numbers for Border Courts
By Debra Cassens Weiss

A new study of criminal sentencing in federal courts has found big differences in caseloads, with border courthouses in Texas and New Mexico doling out the highest number of sentences. The study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse found the average caseload varied from a low of 147 criminal defendants per judge in the District of Columbia to a high of 7,020 per judge in Las Cruces, N.M., according to an online summary. The numbers are for active judges over a 70-month time period. Judges along the border have long complained of high caseloads, the Associated Press reports. The study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse said the reason for the influx of criminal cases was due to an increased government emphasis on the criminal enforcement of immigration matters.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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