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Report: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Federal Justice System, 1998-2018

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  • In 1998, 63% of all federal arrests were of U.S. citizens; in 2018, 64% of all federal arrests were of non-U.S. citizens.
     
  • Non-U.S. citizens, who make up 7% of the U.S. population (per the U.S. Census Bureau for 2017), accounted for 15% of all federal arrests and 15% of prosecutions in U.S. district court for non-immigration crimes in 2018.
     
  • The portion of total federal arrests that took place in the five judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border almost doubled from 1998 (33%) to 2018 (65%).
     
  • Ninety-five percent of the increase in federal arrests across 20 years was due to immigration offenses.
     
  • In 2018, 90% of suspects arrested for federal immigration crimes were male; 10% were female.
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Public comments requested on the proposed extension of a currently approved data collection: Capital Punishment Report of Inmates Under Sentence of Death

BJS encourages comments for 60 days until December 16, 2019, on the proposed extension of a currently approved data collection: Capital Punishment Report of Inmates Under Sentence of Death. Your comments to BJS's request to the Office of Management and Budget, published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of data, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

Public comments requested on a proposed update to the 2020 Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS)

BJS encourages comments for 30 days until October 16, 2019, on a proposed update to a currently approved data collection: 2020 Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS). Your comments to BJS’s request to the Office of Management and Budget, published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of data, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

Public comments requested on the proposed extension and update of the Prison Population Reports: Summary of Sentenced Population Movement - National Prisoner Statistics

BJS encourages comments for 60 days until October 18, 2019, on the proposed extension and update of a currently approved data collection: Prison Population Reports: Summary of Sentenced Population Movement - National Prisoner Statistics. Your comments to BJS’s request to the Office of Management and Budget, published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of data, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

 

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