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Chicago Sun Times
June 23, 2024

ATF, DEA and FBI see number of new prosecutions fall in Chicago since COVID-19 pandemic
By Frank Main

Chicago and other big cities have seen the number of new federal prosecutions drop steadily in recent years, likely because of a hangover from the partial shutdown of the government during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data provided by a Syracuse University research group. In the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30, Chicago is expected to have a more than 37% decrease in prosecutions of cases from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives compared with fiscal year 2023. A 45% drop in prosecutions of cases from the Drug Enforcement Administration is expected — along with an 8% fall in prosecutions of cases investigated by the FBI, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The TRAC program obtains federal court data through the Freedom of Information Act.

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