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Journal of Criminal Justice and Law
May 31, 2024

Addressing White Collar and Corporate Crime: Prosecution, Nonprosecution, or Deferred Prosecution?
By Kristine Artello and Jay Albanese


In FY2022, the average time it took between receipt of a criminal referral from an investigative agency to filing an actual prosecution in a case of white-collar or corporate crime was 452 days. This is more than three times longer than the average time spent for all federal prosecutions taken together (TRAC, 2023; See also, Cliff & Desilets, 2014; Gottschalk, 2015). Several reasons explain why prosecutions for these cases, involving both individuals and corporations, are declining. First, only a small percentage of cases referred by investigative agencies to the DOJ for prosecution are prosecuted. When compared to DOJís other programs, white-collar prosecution rates are generally lower (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, 2023). Figure 2 illustrates prosecution rates for all fedthan for most other types of federal crimes. In FY 2022, the offenses with the highest prosecution rate were immigration offenses at 96%. The next highest were drug offenses (73%) followed by weapons offenses (68%)......Citing TRAC data and reports].


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