April 2008

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2005 the United States spent, an estimated $204 billion for police protection, corrections, and judicial and legal activities, a 5.5 percent increase over the previous year. The federal government spent more than $35 billion on direct expenditures for ciminal and civil justice in 2005; state governments spent over $65 billion; and local governments spent over $104 billion.