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Environmental Prosecutions from Investigations by EPA and Interior Department Continue to Decline

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first ten months of FY 2021 the government reported 182 new environment prosecutions. If this activity continues at the same pace, the annual total of prosecutions will be down 7.6 percent over the past fiscal year and down 44.5 percent from just five […]

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Domestic Terrorism Cases on the Rise in February Following the January 6 Breach of the Capitol Building

April 14, 2021 – In February 2021, according to federal internal case-by-case records on prosecutions obtained after successful court litigation by TRAC, there were 57 prosecutions of domestic terrorism filed in the federal district courts. The majority of these prosecutions—54—were filed in the District of Columbia following the storming of the Capitol on January 6. […]

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Police Officers Rarely Charged for Excessive Use of Force in Federal Court

June 17, 2020 – Despite growing popular unrest and media attention in recent years over excessive use of force by police officers, the latest available case-by-case data show that federal prosecutors rarely bring relevant criminal charges known as “deprivation of rights under the color of law” (18 U.S.C. 242) against law enforcement. In the first […]

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Department of Justice Official Uses Sunshine Week Event to Spread Misinformation about FOIA Processing

March 17, 2020 – At a recent Sunshine Week event, a Department of Justice spokesperson claimed that FOIA applicants are now quicker to litigate, then blamed overly-litigious requesters for straining the workloads of FOIA professionals and bogging down ordinary citizens’ FOIA requests. TRAC finds the underlying claim to be unsubstantiated and counterfactual. TRAC’s recent empirical […]

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Civil Immigration Litigation in October 2019 Ties All-Time High

December 2, 2019 – The latest available data from the federal courts show that during October 2019 the government reported 367 new civil immigration lawsuits were filed. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University covering monthly filings since October 2007, this number ties the previous all-time […]

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Growth in ICE Detention Fueled by Immigrants with No Criminal Conviction

November 27, 2019 – According to case-by-case data recently obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the growth in detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the past four years has been fueled by a steady increase in the number of detainees with no criminal history. On the […]

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Burgeoning Workloads for Immigration Judges

May 23, 2019 – The hiring pace for new judges continues to be insufficient to keep up with the Immigration Court’s workload. As a result, the court’s backlog continues to climb – up 65 percent since President Trump assumed office. A total of only 424 judges face a backlog of 892,517 cases on the courts’ […]

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White Collar Prosecutions Hit All-Time Low in January 2019

March 13, 2019 – The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during January 2019 the government reported 337 new white collar crime prosecutions – an historic low. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, this number is down 20.3 percent over the previous […]

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Federal Prosecution of Environmental Crimes Continues to Drop

October 26, 2018 – The latest available data from the Justice Department shows that during the 12 months of fiscal year 2018, ending in September, the government reported prosecuting 109 new environmental crimes. Of these 29 defendants were businesses. The rest were individuals. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse […]

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Take Part in Truckee River Day

Truckee, Calif. August 28, 2018 – Calling on all nature-lovers to join us for Truckee River Day and River Fair on Sunday, October 14th! Put on some sturdy boots, dig out your work gloves, and grab some friends. Together we will work to restore the Truckee River, along with its creeks and meadows. For over […]