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The Washington Post
August 7, 2018

How America stopped prosecuting white-collar crime and public corruption, in charts
By Catherine Rampell


Memo to all those supposed law-and-order fans out there, including in the White House: The United States is currently on track to notch the fewest prosecutions of white-collar and public corruption crimes on record. And presumably not because erstwhile white-collar criminals and corrupt public officials have suddenly started behaving themselves. I mentioned this in my Tuesday column, which was pegged to the glitzy Paul Manafort trial (and various other financial/corporate/political scandals in Trump World). The column included the following chart, showing the decline in federal white-collar crime prosecutions. These data come from Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. TRAC found that at the Justice Departmentís current pace, this fiscal year will see the fewest white-collar prosecutions on record (1986 is the earliest year available).


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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