Environment Convictions for February 2013

Number Latest Month 24
Number Previous Month 39
Percent Change from 1 year ago -27.7
Percent Change from 5 years ago -14.4
Table 1: Criminal Environment Convictions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during February 2013 the government reported 24 new environment convictions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is down from 39 the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants convicted for environment-related offenses 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 2013 convictions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of convictions was down (-27.7 percent). 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 14.4 percent from levels reported in 2008.

The dip in these cases is partly related to increases in the matters filed in U.S. Magistrate Courts. If magistrate cases are excluded and only Federal District Court cases are counted, the overall decrease in environment convictions is 9.3 percent instead of 14.4 percent. The evidence suggests that part of the difference may be the result of improvements in the recording of the magistrate cases by the Justice Department.

Plot of _FREQ_ by FYMONDT

Figure 1: Monthly trends in environment convictions

The decrease from the levels five years ago in environment convictions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 2. The vertical bars in Figure 2 represent the number of environment 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 Environment Cases

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

Case Defendant #  
2013 - Fla, S (Miami) Case: 1 1 Details
2013 - Fla, S (Miami) Case: 1 2 Details
2013 - Fla, S (Miami) Case: 1 3 Details
2013 - Fla, S (Miami) Case: 1 4 Details
2013 - Virg, E (Alexandria) Case: 2 1 Details
2013 - Virg, E (Alexandria) Case: 2 2 Details
2013 - Virg, E (Alexandria) Case: 2 3 Details
2013 - Virg, E (Alexandria) Case: 2 4 Details
2013 - Colorado (Denver) Case: 3 1 Details
2013 - Colorado (Denver) Case: 3 2 Details
2013 - Fla, M (Tampa) Case: 4 1 Details
2013 - Ga, N (Atlanta) Case: 5 1 Details
2013 - Ga, N (Atlanta) Case: 6 1 Details
2013 - La, W (Shreveport) Case: 7 1 Details
2013 - Miss, N (Oxford) Case: 8 1 Details
2013 - Miss, N (Oxford) Case: 9 1 Details
2013 - Montana (Billings) Case: 10 1 Details
2013 - N Car, W (Asheville) Case: 11 1 Details
2013 - N Mexico (Albuquerque) Case: 12 1 Details
2013 - S Dakota (Sioux Falls) Case: 13 1 Details
2013 - Texas, N (Fort Worth) Case: 14 1 Details
2013 - Texas, W (San Antonio) Case: 15 1 Details
2013 - Utah (Salt Lake City) Case: 16 1 Details
2013 - Wyoming (Cheyenne) Case: 17 1 Details
Table 2: Number of defendants per case

Report Generated: April 23, 2013
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