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NCJ Number: NCJ 180795     Find in a Library
Title: Federal Firearm Offenders, 1992-98: With Preliminary Data for 1999
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): John Scalia
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 06/2000
Page Count: 15
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Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document describes trends associated with the prosecution of firearm offenders in U.S. district courts between 1992 and 1999.
Abstract: In addition, this report describes charge bargaining practices by U.S. attorneys; offenders charged with unlawfully receiving or transferring a firearm; sentences imposed for firearm offenses -- including statutory and sentencing guideline enhancements for firearms use; and the source of firearms used by Federal inmates during the offense for which they were imprisoned. Highlights include the following: Between 1992 and 1996 the number of defendants charged with a firearm offense decreased 19 percent; it remained at this lower level through 1997 before increasing in 1998 and 1999; the decrease in firearm prosecutions is partially attributable to a Supreme Court decision which limited prosecutors' ability to charge defendants with using a firearm during a violent or drug offense; 41 percent of defendants charged with a firearm offense were prosecuted in the 20 most populous Federal judicial districts; these districts accounted for about half of all arrests nationwide by State and local agencies for violent and drug offenses.
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Federal Code ; Weapons Violations/Offenses ; Federal courts ; Illicit firearms ; Prosecution ; Firearms ; Sentencing statistics
   
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