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NCJ Number: NCJ 175045     Find in a Library
Title: Felony Sentences in the United States, 1996
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Author(s): Jodi M. Brown ; Patrick A. Langan Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 11
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: In 1996, Federal and State courts convicted 1,041,809 persons of violent crimes, property crimes, drug law offenses, and other felonies; Federal courts convicted 43,839 persons and State courts convicted 997,970 persons of felonies.
Abstract: That year was the first year that State and Federal courts convicted a combined total of more than 1 million adults of felonies. The 1,041,809 felony convictions were 20 percent greater than the 866,028 in 1990 and represented an average annual growth rate of 3 percent. The number of felony convictions increased 14 percent in State courts and 11 percent in Federal courts between 1994 and 1996. The courts imposed prison sentences on 39 percent of all persons convicted of felonies in 1996; Federal courts sentenced 64 percent of felons to prison, while State courts sentenced 38 percent of felons to prison. The courts sentenced to prison 57 percent of the 170,400 felons convicted of violent crimes. The average prison sentence imposed was about 5 years in State courts and 6.5 years in Federal courts. Figure, tables, and footnotes
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Adult felony system ; Sentencing/Sanctions ; Felony ; Corrections statistics ; Violent offenders ; Drug offenders ; Property crime statistics ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Felony courts
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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