Wiretap Report 2003   [open pdf - 759KB]

"The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 requires the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) to report to Congress the number and nature of federal and state applications for orders authorizing or approving the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications. The statute requires that specific information be provided to the AO, including the offense(s) under investigation, the location of the intercept, the cost of the surveillance, and the number of arrests, trials, and convictions that directly result from the surveillance. This report covers intercepts concluded between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2003, and provides supplementary information on arrests and convictions resulting from intercepts concluded in prior years. A total of 1,442 intercepts authorized by federal and state courts were completed in 2003, an increase of 6 percent compared to the number terminated in 2002. The number of applications for orders by federal authorities rose 16 percent to 578. The number of applications reported by state prosecuting officials remained stable (up 0.3 percent), with 23 state jurisdictions providing reports, 4 more than in 2002. Wiretaps installed were in operation an average of 44 days per wiretap in 2003 compared to 39 days in 2002. The average number of persons whose communications were intercepted increased from 92 per wiretap order in 2002 to 116 per order in 2003. The average percentage of intercepted communications that were incriminating rose from 24 percent in 2002 to 33 percent in 2003."

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