Explicit Material, Child Abuse Drive Rise In Federal Sex Crime Cases


Federal prosecutions for sex offenses and violent crimes are on the rise, while immigration cases are on the decline, according to a new report from the federal Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Sex crime prosecutions increased 10 percent during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, according to the report. Federal violent crime rose about 3 percent.

Prosecutions of sex crimes make up about 4 percent of the total federal caseload. Increases are attributed to cases related to sexually explicit material, which increased 8 percent, and crimes involving the sexual abuse of minors, which rose 23 percent.

Immigration cases make up more than a quarter of the federal caseload (26 percent), but they dropped 5 percent during the year covered in the report.

The report also tracks pre- and post-incarceration statistics.

Both post-conviction supervision and cases opened in the pretrial services system remained relatively unchanged, decreasing less than 1 percent.

Read the full report HERE.

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