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NCJ Number: 205289 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Felons in Large Urban Counties
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Brian A Reaves Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: July 2006
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents data collected from a representative sample of felony cases that resulted in a felony conviction for a violent offense in 40 of the Nation’s 75 largest counties.
Abstract: The study tracks cases for up to 1 year from the date of filing through final disposition. Defendants convicted of murder, rape, robbery, assault, or other violent felonies are described in terms of demographic characteristics (gender, race, Hispanic origin, and age), prior arrests and convictions, criminal justice status at time of arrest, type of pretrial release or detention, type of adjudication, and sentence received. Highlights from the report include: (1) 36 percent of violent felons had an active criminal justice status at the time of their arrest, this included 18 percent on probation, 12 percent on release pending disposition of a prior case, and 75 percent of parole; (2) a majority (56 percent) of violent felons had a prior conviction record, 38 percent had prior felony conviction, and 15 percent had a previous conviction for a violent felony; and (3) 81 percent of violent felons were sentenced to incarceration with 50 percent going to prison and 31 percent to jail and 19 percent received a probation term without incarceration. Tables and appendix
Main Term(s): Felony courts
Index Term(s): Adult felony system; Felony; Felony murder; State courts; State crime statistics; Violent crime statistics; Violent offenders
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