BJS Releases Reports on Police-Protection Expenditures, Crime Levels in the US

Studies by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics show:

· In 2018, the combined state and federal imprisonment rate (431 sentenced prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents) was the lowest since 1996.

· The total imprisonment rate fell 15% from 2008 to 2018.

· From 2008 to 2018, the imprisonment rate dropped 28% among black residents, 21% among Hispanic residents, and 13% among white residents.

· In 2018, the imprisonment rate of black residents was the lowest since 1989.


The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released statistical tables on government expenditures on police protection from its Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts series, and selected findings on violent and property crimes based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

The title of the reports are:

State and Local Government Expenditures on Police Protection in the U.S., 2000-2017 (NCJ 254856) by BJS Statisticians Emily Buehler and Kevin Scott” and

Selected Findings from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (NCJ 254862) by BJS Statistician Erica Smith

The reports can be found by visiting

The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Jeffrey H. Anderson is the director.        

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