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Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP)


  • The FJSP compiles data on people arrested on federal charges.
  • Abt operates the FJSP for the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • Collecting and linking data annually provides information for policymaking.
The Challenge

The Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP) is the government’s source of information about people arrested on federal charges and processed through the federal criminal justice system, from the point of arrest to release from prison to supervision in the community. In 2017, the Bureau of Justice Statistics awarded a cooperative agreement to Abt Associates to operate the FJSP.

The Approach

Abt is responsible for collecting offender-level data annually from agencies involved in this process. These agencies include—

  • Executive Office of the US Attorney (EOUSA)
  • United States Sentencing Commission (USSC)
  • Administrative Office of the US Courts (AOUSC)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
  • US Marshals Service (USMS)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

 By linking the data from different agencies, we will create a longitudinal file that follows an offender through the federal criminal justice process.  

The Results

Once operational, data analysis will inform policy discussions on federal criminal case processing, and a website will provide FJS summary data to the public.