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NCJ Number: NCJ 151167     Find in a Library
Title: Felony Sentences in State Courts, 1992
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Author(s): P A Langan ; H A Graziadei
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 01/1995
Page Count: 16
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report summarizes statistics compiled by the National Judicial Reporting Program on the sentences and characteristics of convicted felons sentenced by State courts.
Abstract: In 1992, State courts convicted 893,600 adults of a felony, representing an increase of 34 percent from 1988 figures. Convictions for aggravated assault and drug trafficking rose the most. Despite the relatively large increase in convictions, the average elapsed time from arrest to sentencing did not increase since 1988, but stayed stable at approximately 7 months. Approximately 44 percent of felons in 1988 and 1992 were sentenced to prison, 26 percent to a local jail, and 30 percent to straight probation. State courts sentenced to death 2 percent of convicted murderers. Felons sentenced to a State prison received an average sentence of 6.5 years, but were likely to serve only about 2.5 years before release. The average sentence to local jail was 7 months, while the average probation sentence was 4 years. Of the total number of convicted felons in 1992, 92 percent had pleaded guilty. Nationally, 52 percent of convicted felons in 1992 were white, 47 percent were black, and 1 percent were of other races. 12 tables and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Adult felony system ; State courts ; Statistics ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Sentencing statistics
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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