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Federal Justice Statistics, 2005 - Statistical Tables


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Table 3.2. Percent released of pretrial release cases terminated, by defendant characteristics, October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2005

Defendant characteristic Of defendants released at any time prior
to case disposition —

Number of defendants Percent  released

Released All defendants

  All defendantsa 27,253   79,137   34.4 %
Gender            
  Male 20,188   67,300   30.0 %
  Female 7,019   11,761   59.7  
Race            
  White 17,580   56,359   31.2 %
  Black/African American 7,362   18,069   40.7  
  American Indian/Alaska Native 746   1,480   50.4  
  Asian/Native Hawaiian/
Other Pacific Islander
1,032   1,867   55.3  
Hispanic origin            
  Hispanic/Latino 5,314   37,373   14.2 %
  Not Hispanic/Latino 21,401   40,692   52.6  
Age            
  16-18 498   1,226   40.6 %
  19-20 1,366   3,751   36.4  
  21-30 8,949   30,577   29.3  
  31-40 7,361   24,052   30.6  
  41 or over 8,960   19,248   46.6  
Education            
  Less than high school graduate 6,603   23,962   27.6 %
  High school graduate 9,182   18,823   48.8  
  Some college 6,004   9,674   62.1  
  College graduate 3,130   4,344   72.1  
Marital status            
  Never married 9,111   23,883   38.1 %
  Divorced/separated 5,153   10,961   47.0  
  Married 8,697   19,235   45.2  
  Common law 2,059   5,957   34.6  
  Other 2,233   19,101   11.7  
Employment status at arrest            
  Unemployed 9,765   29,148   33.5 %
  Employed 15,535   30,549   50.9  
Criminal record            
  No conviction or arrestb 10,315   18,721   55.1 %
  Misdemeanor conviction only 5,937   13,293   44.7  
  Felony conviction            
    Nonviolent 4,136   19,487   21.2  
    Violent 2,691   15,125   17.8  
Number of prior convictions            
  1 4,431   13,030   34.0 %
  2 to 4 5,108   19,158   26.7  
  5 or more 3,225   15,717   20.5  
Criminal justice status            
  Not under supervision 21,079   44,668   47.2 %
  Pretrial release 1,298   2,719   47.7  
  Probation 1,142   4,042   28.3  
  Parole 193   1,542   12.5  
Court appearance history            
  No prior arrests 10,655   22,504   47.3 %
  Failure to appear            
    None 13,300   43,770   30.4 %
    1 1,552   5,748   27.0  
    2 or more 1,746   7,115   24.5  
Drug abuse            
  No known abuse 16,365   36,005   45.5
 
  Drug history 8,107   19,547   41.5  

Note: Released defendants include some defendants who were also detained prior to trial.
Total also includes defendants for whom release status data were unavailable.
aIncludes defendants for whom characteristics could not be determined.
bIncludes only defendants whose PSA records explicitly show no prior arrest or conviction.

Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Pretrial Services Act Information System,
fiscal year.
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