Registry data shows steep drop in penalties for corporate crime in Trump era that undermines internal prevention efforts

As part of the analyses of enforcement activity under Mr. Trump, The New York Times asked Duke Law School and the Legal Data Lab at the University of Virginia School of Law to analyze corporate criminal prosecutions at the Justice Department. Professor Brandon Garrett identified a drop in the number of penalties under Mr. Trump when compared with the final 20 months of the Obama administration (a 72% decline), and when compared with the first 20 months of the Obama presidency in 2009-10 (a 23% decline).

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About Brandon Garrett

Garrett joined the Duke Law faculty in 2018 as the inaugural L. Neil Williams, Jr. Professor of Law. A leading scholar of criminal justice outcomes, evidence, and constitutional rights, Garrett previously was the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs and Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia.

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