Federal Prosecution Levels Remain at Historic Highs
(12 Dec 2018) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during October 2018 the government reported 18,135 new prosecutions, an increase of 6.7 percent over the previous month, and 57.3 percent over this period last year. The increase in federal criminal prosecutions is largely driven by a rise in immigration-related prosecutions beginning in March 2018. Nearly 70 percent of all criminal prosecutions in federal courts in October 2018 were immigration-related.

The total number of federal criminal prosecutions for FY 2018 was 165,070, the highest since 2013, and representing a 35 percent increase over FY 2017 when federal criminal prosecutions totaled 122,492. Approximately 61 percent of all federal criminal prosecutions in FY 2018 were immigration-related, as compared with 70 percent in October 2018. Relative to its population size - and focusing just on filings in U.S. district courts that typically handle more serious offenses - New Mexico experienced the highest per capita number of prosecutions during October than any other federal judicial district. Immigration and drug-related prosecutions are the two largest categories of cases brought before federal district courts.

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