Good news for number crunchers: the Administrative Office of the United States Courts recently released its annual report on the business of the federal judiciary. The report presents data and statistics for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, with separate sections for district courts, bankruptcy courts, courts of appeals, and so on. Here are some of the highlights:
- Defendant filings for drug crimes declined 14 percent from the previous year, while those for firearms and explosives crimes declined 10 percent.
- The number of defendants prosecuted for immigration crimes fell by 8 percent.
- Five southwestern border districts accounted for 77 percent of immigration defendant filings.
- Bankruptcy filings fell by 13 percent.