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NCJ Number: NCJ 155284     Find in a Library
Title: Weapons Offenses and Offenders
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): L A Greenfeld ; M W Zawitz
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 8
  Series: BJS Selected Findings
  Annotation: FBI data for 1983 indicate that State and local law enforcement agencies made 262,300 arrests in which a weapons offense was the most serious charge, a 54 percent increase since 1974.
Abstract: During the last 20 years, the proportion of all arrests that were for weapons offenses remained fairly constant during the period. Weapons arrestees are predominantly male, age 18 or over, and white. However, weapons arrest rates per 100,000 are highest for teenagers and for blacks. Arrests of juveniles represent an increasing proportion of weapons arrests. The number of Federal weapons offenses investigated and prosecuted has increased at least fourfold since 1980. Average prison sentence lengths for Federal weapons offenders have increased, while those for State offenders have decreased. Among the defendants in felony weapons cases in the 75 largest counties in 1992, two-fifths were on probation, parole, or pretrial release at the time of the offense, and one-third had previously been convicted of a felony. Weapons charges as an addition to other charges are more common at the Federal level than the State level. Figures, tables, map, and 26 references
Main Term(s): Crime Statistics
Index Term(s): Arrest statistics ; Weapons Violations/Offenses
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 179
Dept. BJS-236
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
United States of America
Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: BJS Selected Findings November 1995.
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