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Report: Corporate Criminal Sentences on the Decline

Jaclyn Jaeger | September 2, 2014

The number of companies that received sentences for at least one federal criminal offense fell in fiscal year 2013 compared to just one year earlier, according to recent data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

The total number of “organizational” defendants—such as companies and partnerships—that were sentenced for at least one federal criminal offense decreased 8 percent in the last year, from 187 sentenced in fiscal year 2012 to 172 sentenced in fiscal year 2013.

Additionally, the total number of organizational defendants continues to remain lower than in previous years. For example, 200 such defendants received sentences in 2003, whereas 255 received sentences in 1999, indicating that corporate criminal sentences are on the decline.

Most federal criminal cases that resulted in sentences were against...

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