Federal Criminal Prosecutions Sharply Lower in December
(20 Feb 2019) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during December 2018 the government reported 13,569 new prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, this number is down 17.8 percent compared with the previous month. The largest drop - down 22.3 percent - were in immigration prosecutions. Drug prosecutions fell by 16.6 percent. Prosecutions for other types of offenses showed little change from the previous month's levels.

Each of the five federal judicial districts along the southwest border experienced a drop in immigration prosecutions. In contrast, immigration prosecutions outside the southwest border showed little change. For example, the Southern District of Texas (Houston) saw immigration prosecutions fall from 5,338 during November to only 4,200 in December. The second largest drop was in the Western District of Texas (San Antonio) where such prosecutions fell from 1,880 to 1,245.

Even with this drop, total immigration prosecutions in December still accounted for almost two out of every three (65%) criminal prosecutions in the U.S.

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