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Federal Justice Statistics, 2005 - Statistical Tables


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Table 2.2. Disposition of suspects in matters concluded, by offense, October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2005

Most serious offense investigated Number Percent of suspects in criminal matters concluded

Prosecuted in U.S. district court Disposed by U.S. magistrates Declined

All offensesa 143,640   59.7 % 19.5 % 20.7 %
Violent offenses 5,485   58.2 % 8.1 % 33.7 %
  Murderb 680   49.9   8.5   41.6  
  Assault 1,535   50.7   13.4   36.0  
  Robbery 2,131   76.0   5.8   18.2  
  Sexual abuseb 646   44.0   2.8   53.3  
  Kidnapping 273   45.1   10.6   44.3  
  Threats against the President 220   20.9   6.4   72.7  
Property offenses 25,570   54.3 % 7.9 % 37.8 %
  Fraudulent 23,052   54.4 % 7.8 % 37.8 %
    Embezzlement 3,480   46.1   19.0   34.9  
    Fraudb 17,816   55.0   5.8   39.2  
    Forgery 1,273   66.5   5.2   28.3  
    Counterfeiting 483   60.2   6.4   33.3  
  Other 2,518   53.6 % 9.3 % 37.1 %
    Burglary 25   84.0   0.0   16.0  
    Larcenyb 1,092   60.4   10.2   29.4  
    Motor vehicle theft 404   52.7   8.4   38.9  
    Arson and explosives 690   43.8   3.6   52.6  
    Transportation of stolen property 55   54.5   5.5   40.0  
    Other property offensesb 252   49.2   23.8   27  
Drug offenses 40,038   77.1 % 9.0 % 13.9 %
Public-order offenses 21,583   41.3 % 20.8 % 37.9 %
  Regulatory 5,037   34.0 % 9.3 % 56.7 %
    Agriculture 14   85.7   0.0   14.3  
    Antitrust 47   40.4   2.1   57.4  
    Food and drug 188   48.4   6.4   45.2  
    Transportation 310   45.8   14.5   39.7  
    Civil rights 1,276   6.0   0.5   93.5  
    Communications 48   22.9   4.2   72.9  
    Custom laws 171   49.7   6.4   43.9  
    Postal laws 166   50.6   28.9   20.5  
    Other regulatory offenses 2,817   42.3   12.2   45.5  
  Other 16,546   43.5 % 24.3 % 32.2 %
    Tax law violationsb 951   65.1   2.2   32.7  
    Bribery 266   49.6   3.0   47.4  
    Perjury, contempt, and intimidation 497   46.9   9.1   44.1  
    National defense 585   29.6   16.9   53.5  
    Escape 2,352   37.0   40.8   22.2  
    Racketeering and extortion 3,683   52.3   5.1   42.6  
    Nonviolent sex offenses 3,028   54.5   3.7   41.8  
    Gambling 166   44.0   0.6   55.4  
    Liquor offenses 19   26.3   42.1   31.6  
    Obscene materialb 36   33.3   2.8   63.9  
    Traffic 212   18.4   81.6   0  
    Wildlife 514   41.2   29.2   29.6  
    Environmental 10   ^   ^   ^  
    Conspiracy, aiding and abetting, and jurisdictional offenses 3,160   27.2   67.7   5.2  
    All other offensesb 1,067   37.2   10.2   52.6  
Weapon offenses 13,689   70.0 % 3.3 % 26.7 %
Immigration offenses 36,559   52.2 % 46.3 % 1.5 %

aIncludes 716 suspects for whom an offense category could not be
determined. These include 300 prosecuted in U.S. district court, 135
disposed by U.S. magistrates, and 281 that were declined.
bIn this table "Murder" includes nonnegligent manslaughter; "Sexual abuse"
includes only violent sex offenses; "Fraud" excludes tax fraud; "Larceny"
excludes transportation of stolen property; "Other property offenses"
excludes fraudulent property offenses and includes destruction of property
and trespassing; "Tax law violations" includes tax fraud; "Obscene material"
denotes the mail or transport thereof; and "All other offenses" includes
offenses with unclassifiable offense type.
^Too few cases to obtain statistically reliable data.

Source: Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, National LIONS system file.

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