The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), through its Federal Justice Statistcs Program (FJSP),
compiles comprehensive information describing suspects and defendants processed in the federal
criminal justice system. The goal of FJSP is to provide uniform case processing statistics
across all stages of the federal criminal justice system. Using data obtained from federal
agencies, FJSP compiles comprehensive information that describes person-cases processed through the
system. FJSP applies uniform definitions to commonly used statistics describing data from
each stage of case processing. The data definitions used by FJSP are consistent with definitions used by
other BJS programs that report on case processing in state courts so that comparisons may be made between case processing statistics between the federal and state systems.