Bulletin Reports

Federal Justice Statistics, 2013-2014

Published in March 2017, this report describes the annual activity, workload, and outcomes of the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment. The U.S. Marshals Service, DEA, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons provided the data.

The report offers information regarding arrests and investigations by law enforcement agency and growth rates by type of offense and federal judicial district. Also, it examines trends in drug arrests by DEA, provides the number of offenders returning to federal prison within 3 years of release, and includes the most recent available data on sentences imposed and their lengths by type of offense.

  • During 2014 federal law enforcement conducted 165,265 arrests, a 12 percent decrease from 188,164 arrests in 2013.
  • In 2014 the five federal judicial districts along the U.S.–Mexico border accounted for 61 percent of federal arrests, 55 percent of suspects investigated, and 39 percent of offenders sentenced to federal prison.
  • There were 81,881 federal immigration arrests made in 2014, accounting for 50 percent of all federal arrests.
  • Cocaine (25 percent) was the most common drug type involved in arrests by DEA in 2014.
  • 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 percent were dismissed, and 3 percent received a jury or bench trial.

The full report can be obtained from https://www.bjs.gov, NCJ 249149.