A new report shows that Midland is in the top five across the country for the highest number of courtroom sentences.
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University released the study.
TRAC's comparison of caseloads between regions confirmed that courthouses on the southwest border had by far the highest number of sentences.
At the top of the list was Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The next four were other courthouses in McAllen, Midland, El Paso and Del Rio.
The top judges averaged more than 4,600 sentences.
The report stated that the 11 courthouses with the highest caseloads were all on the border, "because of the government's sharply increased emphasis on the criminal enforcement of immigration matters."