Agency Referrals Declined by U.S. Attorneys as
Legally Insufficient Versus Criminal Convictions,
1994- 1998

Referrals for Federal Prosecution
Declined as Legally Insufficient**
Criminal Conviction Results
Total Criminal Referrals 122,980 252,718
Federal Bureau of Investigation 62,821 59,962
nonFBI referrals* 60,159 192,756
Selected Other Agencies:
Justice: Drug Enforcement Administration 6,696 45,434
Justice: Immigration and Naturalization Service 1,604 36,483
Treasury: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms 4,998 17,250
Treasury: Customs Service 3,156 19,277
Treasury: Internal Revenue Service 4,810 8,818

*nonFBI referrals include all other sources for referrals for federal criminal prosecution to U.S. Attorney offices, not just the five specific agencies separately shown.

** U.S. Attorney offices decline to prosecute citing: weak evidence, lack of criminal intent, no federal offense evident, minimal federal interest, and no known suspect.

** For 1992-1996 period, see table.

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