Legal counsel (1 - 6 of 6 items) in Past Year
Confidential Informants: Status of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Efforts to Address a GAO Recommendation
GAO-17-265R: Published: Nov 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2016.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), an agency within the Department of Justice, has updated its confidential informant policy and corresponding monitoring processes to address provisions in The Attorney Generalâ€™s Guidelines Regarding the Use of Confidential Informants regarding oversight of informantsâ€™ illegal activities. Thus, GAO considers its recommendation from September 2015â€...
Asylum: Variation Exists in Outcomes of Applications Across Immigration Courts and Judges
GAO-17-72: Published: Nov 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2016.
GAO analyzed the outcomes of 595,795 asylum applications completed by the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) between fiscal years 1995 and 2014, and identified outcome variation both over time and across immigration courts and judges. From fiscal years 2008 through 2014, annual grant rates for affirmative asylum applications (those filed with the Department of H...
Freedom of Information Act: Litigation Costs For Justice and Agencies Could Not Be Fully Determined
GAO-16-667: Published: Sep 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2016.
Of the 1,672 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits with a decision rendered between 2009 and 2014, GAO identified 112 lawsuits where the plaintiff substantially prevailed. Litigation-related costs for these 112 lawsuits could not be fully determined. Costs associated with such lawsuits are comprised of (1) the Department of Justice's (Justice) costs for defending the lawsuits on behalf of age...
Federal Prison System: Justice Has Used Alternatives to Incarceration, But Could Better Measure Program Outcomes
GAO-16-516: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016.
Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal judiciary officials reported considering numerous factors when using alternatives to incarceration at or before an offender's sentencing, but DOJ does not reliably track the use of some alternatives. A variety of alternatives can be used for offenders at or before sentencing, such as referral to state and local prosecutors, pretrial release, and probation. O...
U.S. Supreme Court: Policies and Perspectives on Video and Audio Coverage of Appellate Court Proceedings
GAO-16-437: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: May 31, 2016.
The U.S. Supreme Court (the Court) posts audio recordings of oral arguments on its website at the end of each argument week, but does not provide video coverage of these arguments. In addition, starting in 2000, the Court began granting requests for access to audio recordings of oral arguments on the same day arguments are heard in selected cases. As of October 4, 2015, the Court had received medi...
State Marijuana Legalization: DOJ Should Document Its Approach to Monitoring the Effects of Legalization
GAO-16-419T: Published: Apr 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2016.
Officials from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) reported monitoring the effects of state marijuana legalization relative to DOJ policy, generally in two ways. First, officials reported that U.S. Attorneys prosecute cases that threaten federal marijuana enforcement priorities (see fig. below) and consult with state officials about areas of federal conce...