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Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office Releases Annual Criminal Prosecution Totals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland -- The U.S. Attorney’s Office today released its 2010 annual total of criminal defendants prosecuted on federal felony charges in Maryland. The U.S. Department of Justice maintains statistics on a fiscal year basis, closing the books each September 30. In 2010, a total of 972 defendants were prosecuted on felony charges, extending an upward trend for the fifth consecutive year.

“The increase in federal prosecutions in Maryland demonstrates our commitment to support state and local law enforcement and promote public safety, but the impact of federal law enforcement cannot be measured by statistics alone,” said United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “We work with state and local partners to focus federal resources on the right cases.”

According to Department of Justice statistics, an average of 661 defendants were prosecuted each year on federal felony charges during the 1980s and 662 defendants each year throughout the 1990s. The annual average over the past decade was 762. Since 2005, the total has risen each year:

YEAR - DEFENDANTS

2005 - 708
2006 - 738
2007 - 796
2008 - 814
2009 - 856
2010 - 972

The number and significance of federal criminal prosecutions are reflected in the increased number of federal defendants held in custody without bail by the United States Marshals Service. As of September 30, 2010, the Marshals Service held 663 prisoners, an increase from 353 held on September 30, 2000. The detainees include criminal defendants awaiting trial or sentencing. The number of federal criminal detainees in Maryland increased 88% over the past decade.

“The increase in federal pretrial detainees is a direct result of the number of federal prosecutions of repeat offenders who are held pending trial because they pose a danger to our community,” said Mr. Rosenstein.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also prosecutes thousands of misdemeanor crimes and traffic violations in federal magistrate court, arising from charges brought by police and military officers on federal roads and government property.

In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office defends the United States in civil litigation, collects debts owed to the federal government and files affirmative civil enforcement actions to recover money from contractors and health care providers that defraud the government.

The attached graph shows the number of defendants charged with felony violations in Maryland for each of the past 30 years, according to published statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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