Convictions from FBI Investigations Vary Widely by Region
(07 Nov 2014) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2014 the government reported 10,979 federal criminal convictions resulting from cases referred by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Drug offenses accounted for about one fourth of these convictions (23.8 percent) followed by white collar crime (21.6 percent).

Nationally, there was an average of 35 convictions resulting from FBI investigation per one million population. But there were wide variations in the per capita rate among the 90 federal districts that make up the fifty states. Following the District of Columbia with 255 convictions per million -- over 7 times the national average -- were South Dakota with 192 convictions per million, Montana with 131 per million and the Southern District of Alabama (Mobile) with 102 per million. Rounding out the top five was the Southern District of California (San Diego) with 81 per million, still more than twice the national rate.

At the other end of the scale, the fewest convictions as a percentage of population could be found in the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison) with 9.8 convictions per million, followed by the Central District of California (Los Angeles) with 11.5 per million, the Northern District of New York (Syracuse) with 11.9 per million and the Southern District of Iowa (Des Moines) with 13.2 per million. Completing the bottom five was the Western District of Washington (Seattle) which ranked 86th out of 90 districts with 13.4 convictions per million population.

Figures are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys under the Freedom of Information Act.

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