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The Brownsville Herald
May 30, 2020

Amid pandemic, immigration criminal prosecutions down 85%
By Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro

According to a new report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, between February and April, new criminal prosecutions dropped by 80%, from 13,843 during February, before federal shutdowns to control the spread of COVID-19 began, to 2,824 new criminal prosecutions in April 2020. The report details two factors contributing to the steep decline; federal criminal referrals dropped by more than 50% between February and April, from 17,593 recorded criminal referrals in February, to 7,926 referrals in April 2020. The second factor outlined by TRAC’s report states that of those referrals, prosecutors were only filing suit on “relatively few.” During February, prosecutions were at 78%, or 13,843 prosecutions, but by April prosecutions were down to 2,824, at 37.5% prosecutions of the nearly 8,000 referred to prosecutors.

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