The Changing Face of Federal Pretrial Detention


The number of federal defendants whose cases were disposed, but who were detained pretrial, nearly quadrupled between fiscal years 1995 and 2010, according to a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics study.

The total jumped 184 percent, from 27,004 in 1995 to 76,589 in 2010, according to the study. Researchers for the study analyzed trends in defendant release and examined relationships between types of charges and pretrial detainment.

“Growth in the number of pretrial detentions was driven primarily by immigration caseloads, which increased by 664%, from 5,103 cases in 1995 to 39,001 in 2010,” researchers wrote.

The total number of defendants with disposed cases more than double during the time period, from 45,635 to 100,622.

Read the study HERE.

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