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Publication Federal Criminal Justice Trends, 2003

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

August 30, 2006    NCJ 205331

Presents data on Federal criminal justice trends from 1994-2003. This report summarizes the activities of agencies at each stage of the Federal criminal case process. It includes 10-year trend statistics on the number arrested (with detail on drug offenses); number and disposition of suspects investigated by U.S. attorneys; number of persons detained prior to trial; number of defendants in cases filed, convicted, and sentenced; and number of offenders under Federal correctional supervision (incarceration, supervised release, probation, and parole). This is a web only document.


  • Drug offenses remained the most prevalent offense across stages over 10-year period.
  • The percent of suspects prosecuted (of matters concluded by U.S. attorneys) increased from 54% in 1994 to 62% in 2003.
  • Seventy-six percent of defendants terminating pretrial services in 2003 were detained compared with 58% in 1994.

Part of the Federal Criminal Case Processing, with Reconciled Data Series

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