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  NCJ Number: NCJ 173939     Find in a Library
  Title: Felony Sentences in State Courts, 1996
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): J M Brown ; P A Langan ; D J Levin
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 1999
  Page Count: 17
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report presents detailed information on the sentences and characteristics of adults convicted of a felony in State courts in 1996.
  Abstract: Data are from a nationally representative survey of 344 counties, reporting offenders' sex, race, and age. The data also cover the number sentenced to prison, jail, and probation and the conviction and sentencing statistics for 12 offense categories of felons convicted and sentenced in State courts in 1996. The report also highlights trends in the number sentence type and length, and characteristics of adults convicted of felonies in State courts in 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996. State courts convicted 997,970 adults of a felony in 1996. That total had grown an average of 5 percent every year since 1988. Drug offenders represented 35 percent, property offenders represented 30 percent, violent offenders represented 17 percent, and persons convicted of weapons offenses and other nonviolent crimes represented 18 percent of the felons convicted in State courts that year. State courts sentenced 38 percent of convicted felons to a State prison, 31 percent to a local jail, and 31 percent to straight probation with no jail or prison time to serve. Trial convictions accounted for 9 percent of felony conditions; guilty pleas accounted for the remaining 90 percent. Tables and figures
  Main Term(s): Court statistics
  Index Term(s): Adult felony system ; Offenders ; Plea negotiations ; Sentencing/Sanctions ; Felony ; State courts ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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  Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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