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  NCJ Number: NCJ 163391     Find in a Library
  Title: Felony Sentences in State Courts, 1994
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): P A Langan ; J M Brown
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 01/1997
  Page Count: 16
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report presents data on felony sentences in State courts for 1994.
  Abstract: State courts convicted 872,217 adults of a felony in 1994. The decline in the number of convictions from 1992 (893,630 convictions) to 1994 (872,217 convictions) reverses the upward trend after 1988. In 1994 the average time from arrest to sentencing was just under 6 1/2 months, indicating that despite the increased volume of work, courts actually processed cases a little faster in 1994 (872,217 cases) than they did in 1988 (667,366 cases), when the typical convicted felon was sentenced 7 months after arrest. The proportion of felons sentenced to incarceration or probation in 1994 was generally unchanged from 1988. Prison sentences accounted for just under half of felony sentences in both years. Drug traffickers (19 percent) and drug possessors (12.5 percent) together composed 31.4 percent of felons convicted in State courts in 1994. Violent offenders -- murderers (1.4 percent), rapists (2.3 percent), robbers (5.3 percent), assaulters (7.5 percent), and others convicted of a violent crime (2.4 percent) -- made up 18.9 percent. Burglars (11.2 percent) and larcenists (13 percent) composed most of the rest. State courts sentenced 45 percent of convicted felons to a State prison, 26 percent to a local jail, and 29 percent to straight probation with no jail or prison time to serve. Felons sentenced to a State prison in 1994 had an average sentence of 6 years, but were likely to serve approximately one-third of that sentence, or about 2 years. The average sentence to local jail was 6 months. Of the total number of convicted felons in 1994, 89 percent had pleaded guilty to their crime. The remaining 11 percent had been found guilty at trial. Nationally, of the felons convicted in 1994, 51 percent were white, 48 percent were black, and 1 percent were of other races. 25 tables
  Main Term(s): Court statistics
  Index Term(s): State courts ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Sentencing statistics
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  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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