The vast majority of federal felony and Class A misdemeanor convictions are the result of guilty pleas, according to the United States Sentencing Commission.
The Commission, which is an independent agency of the U.S. government's judicial branch, recently released its annual overview of federal criminal cases.
Guilty pleas accounted for more than 96 percent of 86,361 federal felonies and Class A misdemeanor convictions during fiscal year 2011, according to the Commission.
Cases involving immigration, drugs, fraud or firearms accounted for 83 percent of all cases reported to the Commission.
Immigration is the fastest growing segment of cases in the federal system, according to the Commission. In fiscal year 2011, there were 29,717 immigration cases, an increase of 1,213 cases from fiscal year 2010. Nearly 70 percent of non-citizen offenders were convicted of committing an immigration offense; drug trafficking accounted for about 19 percent of non-citizen convictions.
Read the report HERE.