Official Corruption Prosecutions Decline: February 2017
(22 Mar 2017) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during February 2017, the first complete month under the new Trump Administration, there were only 24 new official corruption prosecutions filed by federal prosecutors. During the last two fiscal years of the Obama Administration, federal prosecutors filed an average of 43 official corruption cases each month.

Unless the pace of prosecutions turns around, FY 2017 will reach a record low of federal criminal prosecutions of corrupt government officials. These results are based upon case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. These detailed records were obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.

Nearly half (46%) of official corruptions prosecutions during the first five months of FY 2017 involved corrupt acts at the federal level. Corruption prosecutions of local level officials accounted for more than one out of three (35%) of these cases, while state corruption accounted for just 5 percent.

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In addition to this report on official corruption, TRAC continues to offer free monthly reports on selected government agencies such as the FBI, ATF, DHS and the IRS. TRAC's reports also monitor program categories such as immigration, drugs, weapons, white collar crime and terrorism. For the latest information on prosecutions and convictions through February 2017, go to:

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