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The Wall Street Journal
December 17, 2011

Federal Police Ranks Swell to Enforce a Widening Array of Criminal Laws
By Louise Radnofsky, Gary Fields and John R. Emshwiller

Last year, criminal cases pursued chiefly by smaller government agencies led to 10,122 convictions, an 84% increase from 15 years ago. Also up sharply: the numbers of prosecutions and investigators. Authors use TRAC data to present interactive graphics on convictions from cases where investigation was led by agencies other than Justice, Treasury, Defense and what became Homeland Security. See interactive graphics on Prosecutions and Convictions using TRAC data for FYs 1986-2010. In the mid-1990s, many agencies tried to scale back their vigor in pursuing criminal prosecutions amid concern among members of Congress about aggressive tactics. See another interactive graphic below.

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