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Title: What Happens After Arrest in Oregon? A Report of Disposition and Sentences for 1977, Part I - Felony Arrests
Author(s): P E Gervais; R Willstadter
Corporate Author: Oregon Law Enforcement Council
Planning and Data Analysis Unit
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 61
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Oregon Law Enforcement Council
Salem, OR 97303
Oregon Law Enforcement Council
Salem, OR 97310
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-MU-AX-0002
Sale Source: Oregon Law Enforcement Council
2001 Front Street, NE
Salem, OR 97303
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Written for corrections planners and analysts, this report on the processing of felony offenders in Oregon during calendar year 1977 tracks people arrested for Part I felonies and describes what happened to them with regard to charging, disposition, sentencing, and time to disposition.
Abstract: Information was obtained from the computerized criminal history file maintained by the State police. Only one arrest charge and one judicial charge per individual were used for analysis; these were the most serious arrests and charges. The study shows that of all Part I felony arrests, about one-half result in convictions and about one-third result in conviction on the arrest charge. These percentages are similar or higher when compared to findings in other parts of the Nation. Differences between arrest and disposition charges were found, particularly for violent crimes, and when the arrest charge was modified a higher conviction rate and a less severe sentence resulted. Few of the Part I felonies resulted in acquittal; dismissal or refusal to file was more likely. Murder, rape, and aggravated assault had the highest acquittal rates. Median time from arrest to disposition was greatest for violent crimes and lowest for property crimes; substantial variation in filing and conviction rates and sentencing practices were observed among counties. Concerns raised by the study are mentioned. Data tables, graphs, charts, and footnotes are included.
Index Term(s): Adult court intake; Adult felony system; Court case flow; Dispositions; Oregon; Sentencing/Sanctions
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