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January 2009 , Page 51 

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White Collar Crime Project

By Tiffany M. Joslyn

A Snapshot of the Audit Report on the Resource Management of USAOs: What, If Anything, Do These Numbers Really Mean?

Data released this month, if accurate, suggest that prosecutors decline to file charges by a two-to-one ratio in white collar criminal matters when compared to all other criminal matters. The U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Audit Division issued an Audit Report, Resource Management of United States Attorneys’ Offices, in November 2008. Before looking at the data, it is important to acknowledge the warning offered by the authors of the report — the data may not be accurate or reliable. However, if good, at least two observations can be gleaned from the numbers: (1) prosecutors decline prosecution of white collar criminal matters twice as often as all other matters, and (2) the speed at which a white collar criminal matter is filed or declined varies dramatically by district.

Among other things, the report sets forth the total number of criminal ma

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