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Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2004 - Statistical Tables

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Table 27. Length of jail sentence received by convicted defendants, by most serious conviction offense, 2004

Most serious
conviction offense
Number of defendants Felony defendants sentenced to jail
Number of months   Percent receiving a maximum sentence in months of —
Mean Median Total 1 or less 2-3 4-6 7-9 10-12 Over 12
    All offenses 13,500   6 mo 5 mo   100 % 25 % 17 % 24 % 8 % 21 % 5 %
All felonies 11,443   6 mo 6 mo   100 % 23 % 17 % 26 % 9 % 21 % 5 %
Violent offenses 1,735   7 mo 6 mo   100 % 16 % 16 % 24 % 10 % 26 % 7 %
    Robbery 255   11   12     100   5   7   21   11   42   15  
    Assault 1,028   7   6     100   19   17   26   10   22   6  
    Other violent 405   7   6     100   16   19   25   10   26   4  
Property offenses 4,072   6 mo 6 mo   100 % 18 % 18 % 29 % 10 % 20 % 5 %
    Burglary 941   7   6     100   11   20   29   13   22   5  
    Larceny/theft 1,137   6   6     100   21   15   26   13   20   5  
    Motor vehicle theft 682   6   6     100   11   20   41   10   17   1  
    Forgery 350   6   6     100   21   14   28   6   25   5  
    Fraud 339   4   3     100   34   20   28   7   10   2  
    Other property 622   7   6     100   19   20   25   6   22   9  
Drug offenses 4,196   6 mo 4 mo   100 % 30 % 16 % 25 % 7 % 18 % 4 %
    Trafficking 1,857   6   6     100   26   11   25   10   22   5  
    Other drug 2,338   5   3     100   32   20   24   5   16   3  
Public-order offenses 1,396   6 mo 4 mo   100 % 25 % 18 % 22 % 6 % 24 % 5 %
    Weapons 387   6   4     100   25   22   20   6   24   3  
    Driving-related 506   6   4     100   23   17   21   6   26   7  
    Other public-order 504   6   4     100   26   16   24   7   23   4  
Misdemeanors 2,057   4 mo 3 mo   100 % 40 % 19 % 14 % 4 % 20 % 3 %

Note: Data represent felony defendants in the 75 largest counties in 2004.
Data on length of jail sentence were available for 99% of all cases in which a
defendant received a jail sentence. Table excludes portions of sentences that
were suspended. Sixty-four percent of jail sentences included a probation term
and 16% included a fine. Murder and rape have been excluded from the detail
because few murder and rape convictions resulted in a jail sentence.
The total for violent offenses, however, does include these cases.
Detail may not add to total because of rounding.



Source: State Court Processing Statistics (SCPS)
  See also Methodology.
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