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  NCJ Number: NCJ 148826   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 1992
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): B A Reaves ; P Z Smith
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 1995
  Page Count: 51
  Series: BJS Full Reports
  Annotation: Data from the 1992 National Pretrial Reporting Program (NPRP) provide the following information on felony defendants in large urban counties: arrest charges, demographic characteristics, criminal history, pretrial release and detention, adjudication, and sentencing.
  Abstract: The NPRP uses a two-stage stratified sample, with 40 of the 75 most populous U.S. counties selected at the first stage and a systematic sample of State court felony filings (defendants) within each county selected at the second stage. Data on 13,206 sample felony cases were collected from the 40 sampled jurisdictions. Findings show that an estimated 55,513 felony cases were filed in the State courts of the Nation's 75 largest counties during May 1992. Approximately one-fourth of these felony defendants were charged with a violent offense, usually assault or robbery. Murder and rape defendants accounted for a small percentage of defendants. Sixty percent of the felony defendants charged as adults were under age 30; one-fifth were under age 21. Eight-five percent were male, with approximately half being African-American. Approximately three in eight defendants had an active criminal justice status at the time of the current charged offense. Two-thirds of all defendants had been previously arrested. Just over one-third were detained until their cases reached final disposition. Two-thirds of the cases adjudicated ended with a conviction. Overall, 71 percent of the defendants whose most serious conviction charge was a felony were sentenced to incarceration. Prison sentences were longest for those convicted of a violent felony, a median of 6 years and a mean of approximately 9 years. 38 tables and 17 figures
  Main Term(s): Criminal justice statistics
  Index Term(s): Arrest statistics ; Sentencing/Sanctions ; Arraignment ; Court statistics ; Urban area studies ; Demography ; Criminal histories ; Dispositions ; Pretrial release ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Pretrial detention
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  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: From the Bureau of Justice Statistics National Pretrial Reporting Program.
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