Terrorism-International Prosecutions for December 2017

Number Latest Month 3
Number Previous Month 6
Percent Change from 1 year ago -28.6
Percent Change from 5 years ago 25.0
Table 1. Criminal Terrorism-International Prosecutions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during December 2017 the government reported 3 new terrorism-international prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is down from 6 the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants charged 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 2017 prosecutions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of filings was down (-28.6%). Prosecutions over the past year are still much higher than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are up 25 percent from levels reported in 2012.

The growth 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 increase in terrorism-international prosecutions is 6.7 percent instead of 25 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.

Bar and line plot of FYMON

Figure 1. Monthly Trends in Terrorism-International Prosecutions

The increase from the levels five years ago in terrorism-international prosecutions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 2. The vertical bars in Figure 2 represent the number of terrorism-international prosecutions 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-International Cases

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

Case Defendant #  
2017 - N. Y., E (Brooklyn) Case: 1 1 Details
2017 - Texas, E (Tyler) Case: 2 1 Details
2017 - Texas, S (Houston) Case: 3 1 Details
Table 2. Number of Defendants per Case

Report Generated: January 24, 2018
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