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Arrests By Federal Marshals In 2020 At Lowest Level Since 2001

Arrests by federal marshals declined forty two percent from fiscal year 2019 to 2020, reaching their lowest level since 2001, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The agency published a report describing cases processed in the federal criminal justice system. Data are reported by six federal justice agencies.

Some key findings:

  • During FY 2020, U.S. marshals made 120,112 arrests, a forty two percent decrease from the 206,630 bookings in FY 2019.

  • In FY 2020, five U.S.-Mexico border districts accounted for fifty six percent of federal arrests.

  • The coronavirus pandemic drove an eighty percent decline in arrests and seventy seven percent decline in cases charged from March to April 2020.

  • Of the 26,696 Drug Enforcement Administration arrests in FY 2020, the most common drug type involved was methamphetamine (8,783 arrests), followed by powder cocaine (4,474 arrests).

  • Immigration offenses were the most common arrest offense in FY 2020.

  • Nine in 10 defendants adjudicated in U.S. district court in FY 2020 were convicted.


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