Published on: Monday, April 5, 2021

The United States Sentencing Commission on Monday released its report on the Overview of Federal Criminal Cases, Fiscal Year 2020. The report reveal the following:

  • The 64,565 individual original cases reported to the Commission in fiscal year 2020 represent a decrease of 11,973 (15.6%) cases from fiscal year 2019, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work of the courts.
  • Cases involving drugs, immigration, firearms, and fraud, theft, or embezzlement accounted for 86.4% of all cases reported to the Commission.
  • Immigration cases were the most common federal crimes in fiscal year 2020 (41.1%)..
  • Drug possession cases continued a five-year downward trend, decreasing 22.0 percent from fiscal year 2019, while the number of drug trafficking cases reversed a slight upward trend from 2019--falling 17.3 percent.
  • Methamphetamine offenses were the most common drug cases. The 7,537 methamphetamine cases represented 45.7% of all drug crimes.