Justice Department Smashes Records for Violent Crime, Gun Crime, Illegal Immigration Prosecutions; Increases Drug and White Collar Crime Prosecutions
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores announced today that the Northern District of Oklahoma increased prosecution of violent crime and firearms defendants by more than 100 percent in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 when compared to FY 2017. The increased prosecutions have shown promising results across Tulsa, with 36 fewer homicides in FY 2018 when compared to FY 2017. Across the nation, under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice charged the largest number of violent crime and firearm defendants in its history in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
“President Donald Trump is a law-and-order President—and this is a law-and-order administration,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “The Department of Justice is breaking law enforcement records and doing so by significant margins. When I took office as Attorney General, I ordered federal prosecutors and agents to take illegal guns off of our streets, to prosecute crimes aggressively, to protect our nation’s borders, and to target white collar fraud. With support from our state and local partners, our federal prosecutors and agents have delivered—and I am grateful to them and the fabulous state and local officers who worked so hard to make these achievements possible. And we are seeing results. Violent crime and homicides, which jumped in 2015 and 2016, both dropped in 2017 and will drop again in 2018. There can be no doubt that good law enforcement policies can make our communities safer.”
“The men and women of the United States Attorney’s Office are working diligently to protect the citizens of the Northern District of Oklahoma. We are specifically focused on targeted crime reduction, not simply increasing prosecution numbers. We are partnering with state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials to target those criminals posing the greatest threats to our community,” stated U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Collaborative law enforcement is good law enforcement. That includes participation of citizens in community policing as well as community engagement by justice officials. Whether violent crime, drug trafficking, or white collar crime, federal prosecutors in northeastern Oklahoma stand ready to act. I am proud of the selfless efforts of all the public servants who work in law enforcement and the justice arena. Criminals should be on notice that we will hold them accountable when they run afoul of the law in northeastern Oklahoma.”
According to data from the Executive Office of United States Attorneys (EOUSA), the number of defendants charged with criminal felony offenses increased by nearly 15 percent from more than 71,200 defendants in FY 2017 to more than 81,800 in FY 2018.
In FY 2018, the Justice Department charged the largest number of violent crime defendants since EOUSA started to track this category more than 25 years ago (more than 16,800)—surpassing by nearly 15 percent the previous record set just last year.
In FY 2018, the Justice Department charged more than 15,300 defendants with federal firearms offenses, which is 17 percent more than the previous record.
In FY 2018, over 23,400 defendants were charged with felony illegal re-entry, an increase of more than 38 percent from FY 2017.
In FY 2018, over 23,600 defendants were charged with drug-related offenses, an increase of more than six percent from FY 2017.
Also in FY 2018, the Justice Department increased white-collar prosecutions by more than three percent, charging more than 6,500 defendants.
Finally, in FY 2018, more than 68,400 defendants were charged with misdemeanor illegal entry. This is the highest number of such defendants charged since EOUSA started to track this category and an almost 86 percent increase from the previous year. This total is also more than 4 percent higher than the previous record of over 65,500 defendants set in FY 2013