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  NCJ Number: NCJ 221152     Find in a Library
  Title: Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2004
  Document URL: PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Tracey Kyckelhahn ; Thomas H. Cohen Ph.D
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 04/2008
  Page Count: 4
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report presents data collected from a representative sample of felony cases filed in the Nation’s 75 largest counties during May 2004.
  Abstract: Murder cases were tracked for up to 2 years and all other cases for 1 year to provide a complete overview of the processing of felony defendants from case filing to disposition and sentencing. Data highlights the demographic characteristics of felony defendants and types of arrest charges. The report also includes in-depth information on the criminal record of felony defendants, including criminal justice status at the time of arrest and the number and type of prior arrests and convictions. It describes conditions of pretrial release (bail amounts, type of release bonds, and pretrial misconduct), adjudication outcomes (dismissal, diversion, guilty plea, trial conviction rates), and sentencing data for convicted felony defendants. Highlights include the following: (1) two-thirds of felony defendants were charged with a drug or property offense; (2) more than three-fourths of felony defendants had a prior arrest history, with 53 percent having at least five prior arrest charges; and (3) 57 percent of felony defendants received a pretrial release prior to adjudication. Figures
  Main Term(s): Felony
  Index Term(s): Adult felony system ; Municipal courts ; Court statistics ; Dispositions ; Pretrial release ; Local government ; Felony courts
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Electronic only
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