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NCJ Number: 68069 Find in a Library
Title: TOTAL AVERAGE SENTENCE LENGTH OF ALL OFFENDERS, FIRST OFFENDERS, AND RECIDIVISTS COMMITTED TO THE MISSISSIPPI STATE PENITENTIARY FOR 1977 AND 1978 A COMPARISON
Author(s): S K C MARTIN
Corporate Author: Mississippi Dept of Corrections
Systems Development
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Mississippi Dept of Corrections
Jackson, MS 39202
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY COMPARED AVERAGE SENTENCE LENGTH OF ALL OFFENDERS, FIRST OFFENDERS, AND RECIDIVISTS COMMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI PRISONS IN 1977 AND 1978 TO DETERMINE WHETHER SENTENCE LENGTHS WERE INCREASING, DECREASING, OR CONSTANT.
Abstract: A SAMPLE OF 884 COMMITMENTS IN 1977 AND 810 COMMITMENTS IN 1978 WAS DRAWN FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS' SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT COMPUTER FILES, INCLUDING ALL PRISONERS HELD IN COUNTY JAILS. THE AVERAGE SENTENCE LENGTH OF ALL OFFENDERS IN 1977 WAS 8.1 YEARS AS COMPARED WITH 5.6 YEARS IN 1978, A DECREASE OF 2.5 YEARS. THE STUDY REVEALED THAT RECIDIVISTS WERE SENTENCED APPROXIMATELY 3 MONTHS LONGER THAN FIRST OFFENDERS IN 1977. THIS FIGURE INCREASED IN 1978 WITH RECIDIVISTS RECEIVING AN AVERAGE SENTENCE LENGTH APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTHS LONGER THAN FIRST OFFENDERS. OFFENDERS WITH LIFE AND DEATH SENTENCES WERE NOT USED IN THE COMPUTATIONS. TABLES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Computer generated reports; First time offenders; Inmate statistics; Mississippi; Recidivists; Sentencing/Sanctions
Note: MINI-SERIES REPORT N 5
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