Terrorism-Domestic Convictions for April 2014

Number Latest Month 4
Number Previous Month 8
Percent Change from 1 year ago -23.9
Percent Change from 5 years ago -35.2
Table 1. Criminal Terrorism-Domestic Convictions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during April 2014 the government reported 4 new terrorism-domestic convictions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is down from 8 the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants convicted are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (see Table 2).

When monthly 2014 convictions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of convictions was down (-23.9%). Convictions over the past year are still much lower than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that convictions of this type are down 35.2 percent from levels reported in 2009.

Bar and line plot of FYMON

Figure 1. Monthly Trends in Terrorism-Domestic Convictions

The decrease from the levels five years ago in terrorism-domestic convictions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 2. The vertical bars in Figure 2 represent the number of terrorism-domestic convictions of this type recorded on a month-to-month basis. Where a prosecution was initially filed in U.S. Magistrate Court and then transferred to the U.S. District Court, the magistrate filing date was used since this provides an earlier indicator of actual trends. The superimposed line on the bars plots the six-month moving average so that natural fluctuations are smoothed out. To view trends year-by-year rather than month-by-month, see TRAC's annual report series for a broader picture.

Number of Defendants in Terrorism-Domestic Cases

Table 2 lists all separate cases with the number of defendants.

Case Defendant #  
2014 - Fla, N (Pensacola) Case: 1 1 Details
2014 - Ill, N (Chicago) Case: 2 1 Details
2014 - Oregon (Portland) Case: 3 1 Details
2014 - S Car (Columbia) Case: 4 1 Details
Table 2. Number of Defendants per Case

Report Generated: July 3, 2014
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