|(21 Dec 2016)
The latest available data from the Justice Department shows 1,493 new convictions for cases referred by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) during the first two months of FY 2017. DEA convictions were down 6.2% from the number of convictions during the comparable period in FY 2016.
This continues the steady decline in conviction numbers that has occurred over the past ten years.
During all of FY 2016 which ended September 30, DEA referrals to federal prosecutors resulted in a total of 9,553 convictions. Compared to five years ago when there were 13,170, convictions declined by 27.5 percent. Conviction levels were down even more from the level of 14,855 that existed for FY 2006. However, they were up 4.9 percent from the level of 9,109 reported in 1996.
Convictions are down largely because of a decline in the number of cases DEA has been referring to federal prosecutors and not from any significant change in conviction rates. The percent of individuals prosecuted who have been convicted has held fairly steady at around 87 percent over this same period.
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