News that more than half of people arrested in D.C. are never tried for the crimes is outraging people who live in, work in and visit the city, but the U.S. attorney says that number does not tell the full story.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, 67% of arrests were not prosecuted in 2022, up from 31% in 2016.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves noted that percentage is an aggregate of all the crimes his office prosecutes. He said it’s a reflection of the newer difficulties his office encounters with arrests involving gun possession, low-level drug offenses and misdemeanors. (Excerpt from NBC Washington.)


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