Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Significant inaccuracies found in terrorism stats

A government audit of the Justice Department's terrorism-related statistics revealed that all were inaccurately reported, and most were significantly inflated.

Five years ago, the Office of the Inspector General found problems with the Justice Department's reporting of terrorism-related statistics and advised it to revise its internal controls.

This year's follow-up audit was intended to determine if the Department's corrective actions improved the accuracy of its statistics.

Auditors selected 11 of the 39 statistics to thoroughly test, including the number of terrorism-related cases filed, the number of defendants convicted at trial or by guilty plea, and the number of defendants sentenced to prison.

But, instead of improvement, the audit found that the Department "inaccurately reported all 11 statistics we reviewed during this follow-up audit. Most of these 11 statistics were inaccurately reported by significant margins."

Read more: http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/09/16/61173.htm

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