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The Times-Picayune
March 29, 2017

Number of federal prosecutions hit nearly two-decade low in 2016: report
By Emily Lane

"Traditionally, the federal government has played a relatively small role in prosecuting violent crime, which is more commonly handled by states and localities," the Pew report says. Citing data form the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the report says that, "While 53% of all sentenced state prisoners are serving time for violent crimes, the same is true for just 7% of sentenced federal inmates." A separate report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracure University notes federal corruption cases have also declined in recent years. There were just over 500 federal corruption cases prosecuted in 2016, as opposed to a peak of 900 cases in 1998, based on data dating back to 1997. The TRAC report notes that in the first complete month since Donald Trump became president, there were 24 corruption prosecutions, "down from an average of 35 per month during each of the previous four months."

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