Most federal judges sentence several hundred defendants in a five-year span. A study by Syracuse University’s TRAC found that judges along the southwest border with Mexico may sentence thousands of defendants each, mostly in immigration cases.
In the past five years, 49 federal district court judges each sentenced more than one thousand defendants who appeared before them. All but two of these judges were located in courthouses along the southwest border with Mexico, reports TRAC at Syracuse University. Most federal judges sentenced several hundred, not several thousand defendants over this five year time span. U.S. District Judge Robert Brack, in Las Cruces, N.M., topped the list, sentencing 6,858 defendants. Eighty-five percent of those sentenced were convicted for immigration offenses.
U.S. District Judge Alia Moses was in second place, sentencing 5,135 defendants who appeared in her Del Rio courtroom in western Texas. In third place was U.S. District Judge Kenneth John Gonzales, who sentenced 4,668 defendants. He sits with Judge Brack in the Las Cruces courthouse. For federal districts not along the southwest border, U.S. District Judge Linda Reade of Cedar Rapids, Ia., sentenced the largest number of defendants: 1,070. The TRAC analysis about varying criminal workloads covers 917 federal district court judges who sentenced at least 50 defendants.