Convictions From FBI Referrals Continue Gradual Decline
(19 Feb 2016) Cases referred by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) led to 10,904 criminal convictions in FY 2015, a drop of 0.7 percent from 10,979 recorded in FY 2014. This small decrease continues a long, gradual decline since 9/11/2001 when the FBI began focusing more attention on terrorism matters. Data on convicted defendants are based on the latest case-by-case information obtained by TRAC from the Justice Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Just over a quarter of these convictions - 27.1 percent - were for drug related offenses. The next largest category was white collar crime, which represented 18.7 percent. The remaining 54 percent of convictions comprised a diverse group of programs including weapons (5.5 percent) and official corruption (2.2 percent).

The greatest number of FBI convictions on a per capita basis was found in the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) with 176 convictions per million people, more than five times the national rate of 34.2 convictions per million. In second place was Montana with 175 convictions per million, followed by South Dakota with 131 convictions per million population.

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