Federal Terror Prosecution Numbers Decline Four-Fold: Study


The dramatic post-9/11 surge in prosecutions that the federal government categorized as terrorism has undergone a four-fold decline, says the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The data show that terrorism and internal security filings in court have dropped from an average of about 100 a month at their peak shortly after the attacks to a current level of just under 25 a month.

TRAC notes that increases and decreases in arrests or prosecutions in a particular criminal area often are not related to changes in the actual threat level. The shifts in official actions such as arrests or prosecutions are determined by the number of available investigators or the adoption of new enforcement policies.

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