Federal Criminal Prosecutions in July Lowest Since 2007
(31 Aug 2016) Federal criminal prosecutions for July 2016 dropped to only 9,118, down 15.5 percent from June. This number for July is the lowest on record since July of 2007. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the continued decline during July contributed to overall drop for the first ten months of FY 2016 of 4.0 percent in federal criminal prosecutions as compared with FY 2015.

Among the major crime categories white collar crime prosecutions dropped by 11.0 percent so far this fiscal year as compared with the pace of filings during FY 2015. Immigration prosecutions dropped by 4.1 percent from last year, while drug prosecutions rose slightly (up 0.8 percent) and weapon prosecutions jumped by 8.7 percent.

While the five federal districts along the country's border with Mexico continued to lead the country in the number of federal prosecutions filed so far during FY 2016, relative to their respective populations Wyoming, North and South Dakota also led the nation in the number of federal criminal prosecutions filed.

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