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Federal Justice Statistics, 2021

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Date Published
December 2022
Publication Series

This report is the 35th in an annual series based on data from BJS’s Federal Justice Statistics Program, which began in 1979. It provides national statistics on the federal response to crime for fiscal year 2021 and some statistics on changes over time. The report also describes case processing in the federal criminal justice system, including investigations by U.S. attorneys, prosecutions and declinations, convictions and acquittals, sentencing, probation and supervised release, and imprisonment.

  • During fiscal year (FY) 2021, U.S. marshals made 78,068 arrests, a 35% decrease from the 120,112 arrests in FY 2020.
  • A total of 350,543 persons were under federal correctional control at fiscal yearend 2021.
  • Immigration arrests declined by 72% from 51,723 arrests in FY 2020 to 14,446 arrests in FY 2021.
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic, arrests declined 81% and cases charged declined 77% from March to April 2020, with an additional decline of 25% in arrests and 20% in cases charged from October 2020 to February 2021.

Date Published: December 29, 2022