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NCJ Number: 170361 Find in a Library
Title: Structured Sentencing Monitoring System Report for Felons: January Through December 1996
Author(s): D Meagher; K B Herrin; J H Madler
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 63
Sponsoring Agency: North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Cmssn
Raleigh, NC 27602
Sale Source: North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Cmssn
P.O. Box 2472
Raleigh, NC 27602
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines data on offenders convicted of felonies under North Carolina's structured sentencing system during 1996; information is provided on the number of felony convictions by month, demographic characteristics of offenders, punishment types imposed, and sentence conformity.
Abstract: Data indicate 22,926 offenders were convicted of felonies under structured sentencing during 1996. About 87 percent of offenders were male; 45 percent were under 26 years of age, 28 percent were under 21 years of age, and 62 percent were black. Nearly 29 percent of felony offenders received an active punishment, 44 percent received an intermediate punishment, and 27 percent received a community punishment. Of the four crime types (person, property, drug, and other), offenders convicted of a person offense were most likely to receive an active punishment and least likely to receive an intermediate or a community punishment. Offenders convicted of a property offense were most likely to receive an intermediate punishment, while offenders convicted of a drug offense were most likely to receive a community punishment and least likely to receive an active punishment. Approximately 83 percent of all active sentences fell within the presumptive range; 9.5 percent fell within the mitigated range; and slightly more than 7 percent fell within the aggravated range. Nearly 11 percent of offenders received consecutive sentences, felony breaking and entering was the most frequently occurring serious crime associated with habitual felony convictions, 15 death and 34 life without parole sentences were imposed, drug trafficking convictions accounted for 1 percent of all felony convictions, 23 percent of offenders were ordered to perform community service, and 43 percent of offenders were ordered to pay restitution. Appendixes contain demographic data, a map of North Carolina's judicial divisions and districts, and additional information on intermediate and community punishments. Endnotes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Sentencing statistics
Index Term(s): Burglary; Court statistics; Drug law offenses; Drug offenders; Felony; North Carolina; Offender statistics; Offense statistics; Property crime statistics
Note: BJS State Court Report
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