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September 27, 2017

International Terrorism Prosecutions: September Update
By Nora Ellingsen

The slower pace of arrests this month may suggest a larger nationwide trend. According to a report released last week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data research group at Syracuse University, fiscal year 2017 (when ends on September 30) is on track for the fewest terrorism-related prosecutions since 2001. Of those 166 prosecutions, the Justice Department reported 38 international terrorism prosecutions during the first 11 months of the fiscal year. Domestic terrorism prosecutions continue to outnumber international terrorism prosecutions—so far, this year, the Justice Department counted 61 domestic prosecutions. (The Justice Department includes other offenses under the terrorism-related umbrella, such as terrorism-related export enforcement. Those cases account for the remaining 67 prosecutions.) That trend also holds across recent years: According to TRAC, over the last five years, the government has prosecuted 404 individuals for domestic terrorism-related offenses as compared with 223 for international terrorism.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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