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September 2, 2008

The many notable stories in federal criminal caseload statistics

For those who enjoy lies, damn lies and statistics, this relatively new official court data detailing the federal criminal caseload over various years makes for very interesting reading. 

For example, the data show that the number federal bank robbery prosecutions declined nearly 15% in the last year, while there was more than a 20% incread in the number of federal traffic offense.  (I am not referring to drug trafficking, but actual traffic offenses, many of which must take place on Indian reservations or other federal lands).  Also notable, in my view, is that the number of federal firearm prosecutions have dropped about 15% from 2004 to 2007.

Perhaps the biggest story in the numbers, especially in light of the tough sentencing issues that keep arising, is the increased number of prosecutions for "Sexually Explicit Material" over the last four years.  According to this official data run, in 2003 there were "only" 687 such cases filed in the federal courts in 2003.  By 2007, this number jumped to 1544, an increase of nearly 250%!

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