The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released its newest data on the federal criminal justice system, from 2013-14. Among the highlights:
- During 2014, federal law enforcement made 165,265 arrests, a 12% decrease from 188,164 arrests in 2013.
- In 2014, the five federal judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border accounted for 61% of federal arrests, 55% of suspects investigated, and 39% of offenders sentenced to federal prison.
- There were 81,881 federal immigration arrests made in 2014—one-half of all federal arrests.
- Ninety-one percent of felons in cases terminated in U.S. district court in 2014 were convicted as the result of a guilty plea, 6% were dismissed, and 3% received a jury or bench trial.
While the data themselves are about two years behind, they obviously inform current policy debates. The entire statistical package also gives a better sense of the coordination between the federal courts and the DEA, U.S. Marshals, federal prison system, and federal prosecutors.
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