A study of more than half a million individual federal prosecutions found that the total increased 31 percent during the Bush administration’s first term. Justice Department records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show dramatic shifts in the kinds of matters the federal government brought to court. Prosecutions aimed at some kinds of criminal problems are sharply higher, while enforcement efforts for other areas are down.
Here are the four crime categories with the largest number of federal prosecutions in fiscal year 2004: Immigration cases more than doubled from fiscal year 2000 to 2004 from 16,724 to 37,854. A recent TRAC report found that a significant part of this increase occurred in one Texas federal district. Drug cases went into a decline in 2004. Weapons cases have soared during the Bush years from 5,490 in 2000 to 10,937 in 2004. White collar case numbers remained essentially unchanged from 2000 to 2003, then declined about ten percent from FY 2003 to FY 2004.