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NCJ Number: NCJ 153858     Find in a Library
Title: Prison Sentences and Time Served for Violence
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Author(s): L A Greenfeld
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
  Series: BJS Selected Findings
  Annotation: Based on data collected from States by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, this report examines the relationship between the sentence received and time served prior to first release for inmates sentenced for violent offenses.
Abstract: In 1992, 38 States and the District of Columbia participated in the National Corrections Reporting Program, which covered 93 percent of State prison admissions nationwide and 86 percent of State prison releases. Although the length of the sentence received was obtained for both groups of inmates, time served, including jail credits, was only obtainable for those released from prison. For those admitted to prisons in 1992, States provided a prediction of the expected minimum time to be served. Findings show that violent offenders released from State prisons in 1992 served 48 percent of the sentence they had received, an average of 43 months in confinement, both jail and prison, on an average sentence of 89 months. The finding that just under half the sentence will be served in confinement was confirmed through analysis of self-reports of a national sample of State prisoners. An examination of prison-release practices for violent offenders in 31 States shows wide disparity across the States in sentence length, but substantially less disparity and greater consensus on the duration of time spent in confinement. 7 tables
Main Term(s): Corrections statistics
Index Term(s): Violent crimes ; Sentencing/Sanctions ; Violent offenders ; Time served in corrections ; Corrections policies
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: From Bureau of Justice Statistics Selected Findings, Number 4, April 1995.
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