The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during April 2016 the government reported 76 new government regulatory prosecutions, the lowest count in this program category for a single month since October 1998, the start of TRAC’s monthly time series. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is down 57.1 percent over the previous month.
When monthly 2016 prosecutions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of filings was down 16.9 percent. Prosecutions over the past year are still much lower than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are down 30.5 percent from levels reported in 2011.