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New TRAC report: Federal Enforcement Shifts Under President @BarackObama

February 2, 2011

via Jeff Lamicela, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse:

A detailed analysis of Justice Department and other records has found that criminal enforcement under President Obama is significantly different than it was during the last two years of the Bush Administration.

One key finding is that with the increasing focus on immigration, other kinds of felony prosecutions — particularly in those districts not on the border with Mexico — have actually gone down. This decline has occurred even though the number of federal prosecutors and investigators has gone up. To read the report, click here.

Also uncovered during the study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) were pronounced geographic shifts in where federal prosecutions occur. One aspect of these shifts is information about enforcement changes in each of the 94 judicial districts.

In its examination, TRAC analyzed the enforcement efforts of the two administrations by comparing more than 500,000 case-by-case records obtained from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys under the Freedom of Information Act, as well as information from the Office of Personnel Management and other sources.

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