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Publication Federal Justice Statistics, 2013-2014

Mark A. Motivans, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

March 23, 2017    NCJ 249149

Describes the annual activity, workloads, and outcomes of the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment, using data from U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA), Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC), and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). This report presents data on arrests and investigations by law enforcement agency and growth rates by type of offense and federal judicial district. It also examines trends in drug arrests by the 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. See also Federal Justice Statistics, 2013 - Statistical Tables and Federal Justice Statistics, 2014 - Statistical Tables.


  • 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.
  • Cocaine (25%) was the most common drug type involved in arrests by the Drug Enforcement Administration 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% were dismissed, and 3% received a jury or bench trial.

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