Attorney General

Governor's Executive Budget Program Measures


Narcotics

Continuing the fight against the opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for this agency. An average of 14 Pennsylvanians die each day as a result of the heroin and opioid epidemic. That is why these measures are so critical. For the FY 2021-2022, we will measure local drug task force arrests and drug arrests resulting from Grand Jury presentments. The objective will be to curtail drug abuse in the commonwealth by apprehending illegal drug traffickers.
Local drug task force arrests
There were 3,315 local drug task force arrests for the FY 2019-2020, which is down from the prior fiscal year.
Drug arrests resulting from Grand Jury presentments
Drug arrests resulting from grand jury presentments for the FY 2019-2020 were 72. That number is projected to be similar for the FY 2020-2021.

Charities

Review of estates, charities, nonprofits, and health care conversions for compliance with rules and regulations
The review of estates, charities, nonprofits and health care conversions for compliance with rules and regulations will be measured for the FY 2021-2022. The objective for this program measure is to increase compliance by estates, charities, nonprofits and health care conversions with established rules and regulations. 
In order to most effectively track this measure the Office of Attorney General will monitor the number of reviews conducted by the Office’s Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section. While the reviews for compliance with rules and regulations trended slightly down for the FY 2019-2020 as compared to FY 2018-2019, the Office projects an increase for the FY 2020-2021 and FY 2021-2022.  
This measure is important because the Attorney General has a duty to protect the public’s interest – in the charitable assets held by nonprofit corporations and through the enforcement of antitrust laws, which were enacted to simultaneously enable businesses to compete and ensure consumers are not deprived of the benefits and opportunities of free and open markets.  
The number of reviews conducted for the FY 2018-2019 was 1,829 as compared to the number conducted in FY 2019-2020, which was 1,748. The Office of Attorney General is estimating 1,925 for the FY 2020-2021 and based on that number projects 1,950 for the FY 2021-2022. 

Consumer Complaints

Consumer protection is a top priority of the Office of Attorney General and the Office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection receives and mediates tens of thousands of complaints each year through its voluntary mediation program. The Office also brings a number of legal actions each year to deter bad business practices and to secure recovery for consumers and the commonwealth.
For the FY 2021-2022, the Office will measure the number of consumer complaints regarding business practices that were mediated on behalf of consumers. The objective for this measure will be to decrease incidence of fraud and deceptive business practices while securing the recovery of damages to the Commonwealth and its citizens both through the voluntary mediation process and by the filing of legal actions. The Office will measure this outcome by the number of consumer complaints concerning business practices that were mediated, the dollar value of recoupment to consumers regarding business practices as a result of the mediation process, the number of legal actions resulting from consumer tips, and the dollar value of relief awarded on behalf of consumers related to legal actions.
Consumer complaints concerning business practices that were mediated
The number of consumer complaints concerning business practices has been increasing each fiscal year since 2016-2017, which saw 20,230 complaints mediated. During the FY 2017-2018, that number rose to 22,976. The estimated number of consumer complaints for FY 2020-2021 is currently at an all-time high of 29,000 complaints mediated. The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increase in complaint mediations, including landlord-tenant issues, price gouging and other issues related to the pandemic, however, the Office still predicts approximately 27,000 complaint mediations for the FY 2021-2022.
Consumer complaints concerning business practices - health care industry
The number of consumer complaints the Office mediated concerning health care industry business practices was 2,202 for the FY 2019-2020, which is an increase from both FY 2017-2018 and FY 2018-2019.
Dollar value of recoupment to consumers regarding business practices 
The dollar value of recoupment to consumers regarding business practices has increased by more than 50% between FY 2016-2017 – $2,881,000 – and what is estimated to be recouped for FY 2020-2021, which is $4,700,000.  For the FY 2019-2020, the Office filed 97 legal actions related to unfair and deceptive business practices and it is estimated that 150 legal actions will be taken by the end of FY 2020-2021. 
Dollar value of recoupment to consumers regarding business practices - health care industry
The dollar value of recoupment to consumers regarding business practices within the health care industry has decreased slightly between FY 2018-2019 and FY 2019-2020. During the FY 2019-2020 over $1 million was recouped on behalf of Pennsylvania health care consumers.
Legal actions resulting from consumer tips, complaints, and other sources
For the FY 2019-2020, the Office filed 97 legal actions related to unfair and deceptive business practices and it is estimated that 150 legal actions will be taken by the end of FY 2020-2021.
Dollar value of relief awarded on behalf of consumers related to legal actions
The dollar value of relief awarded on behalf of consumers related to legal actions increased by $1,581,000 for the FY 2019-2020 over the prior FY.

Child Predator

Child predator arrests
For the Fiscal Year 2021-2022, the number of arrests made by the Child Predator Unit will be measured, and the objective is to increase the number of investigations and arrests related to  sexual solicitation of a minor and child pornography. The number of cases prosecuted by the Office of Attorney General will track this measure. 
In total, the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit under this administration has prosecuted 350 child predators. The number of arrests made by the Child Predator Unit increased from 87 in FY 2018-2019 to 100 in FY 2019-2020, which is a 14.9% increase. As of October 2, the Child Predator Unit has made 27 arrests for the FY 2020-2021. 
The Office of Attorney General takes protecting children seriously and prosecutes individuals who prey on children to the fullest extent of the law. 

Firearms

Firearms recovered & Firearm-related arrests
Created by the legislature in 2007, the Gun Violence Task Force is a joint, state and local effort between the Office of Attorney General, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Philadelphia Police Department, that investigates the origin of crime guns and targets violent criminal organizations. For the FY 2021-2022, the Office will measure firearm related arrests and firearm recoveries. The objective of this measure will be to increase the number of violent organizations dismantled by our agents, continue to recover in excess of 200 firearms a year as well as increase the quality and number of gun-related arrests and charges. 
Gun Violence is on the rise, and in Philadelphia almost 300 people have been killed between January and October 2020. Senseless gun violence is an epidemic, and this measure is important to show the work being done to curtail it. Arrests for crimes including illegal transfer of a firearm and lying on a gun purchase background check have been increasing.  
During the FY 2019-2020 the Gun Violence Task Force seized 297 firearms and made 98 arrests, as compared with 107 arrests and 179 firearms recovered during FY 2018-2019.