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International Business Times
March 22, 2017

Corruption In Government: Justice Department Sees Drop In Cases Against Corrupt Officials
By Lydia O'Neal

Contrary to the common belief that corruption is on the rise within the U.S. government—a swamp desperately in need of draining, as some might say—prosecutions of corrupt officials fell markedly in the first five months of fiscal year 2017, accelerating a general two-decade decline, according to a report released Wednesday. The number of corruption cases brought by federal prosecutors averaged about 33 prosecutions monthly over the five months leading up to March, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University data research organization found using numbers released by the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys as part of Freedom of Information Act request. If the pace of corruption prosecutions were to continue for the remainder of the fiscal year as they have for the first five months, in which the number of new cases monthly averaged about 33, 2017 would mark a nearly 24 percent drop in the number of cases, to 394 from 515 in 2016.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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