TRAC-Reports
FBI Prosecution Rates Vary Widely Around the Country
(23 Jun 2008) In FY 2007, federal prosecutors across the United States ended up filing criminal charges in slightly more than half -- 55% -- of the matters recommended for such action by the FBI. But according to Justice Department data obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act, there was a wide district-to-district variation in the proportion of FBI referrals that resulted in an actual filing. At the top of the 90-plus districts was Florida South (Miami), where 77% of the FBI referrals resulted in charges. In the basement was Maine where only 18% made the grade.

FBI prosecution rates also showed some variation among several selected "big city" districts. In New York South (Manhattan), for example, 71% of the Bureau's referrals were prosecuted. This compared with 57% in Illinois North (Chicago) and 40% in California North (San Francisco).

For district-by-district FBI enforcement information on this and other subjects -- such as the makeup of FBI convictions in each district according to Justice Department program categories -- go to:

http://trac.syr.edu/tracfbi/
and click on "District Enforcement."

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