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Federal Justice Statistics, 2005 - Statistical Tables


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Table 5.2. Type and length of sentences imposed for sentenced offenders, by offense, October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2005

Most serious offense of conviction Offenders convicted and sentenced in criminal cases that terminated during fiscal year 2005

Number Sentence length


Totala Incarcerationb Probationc Fine only Incarcerationb Probationc

  All offensese 78,042   61,151   10,672   2,438   61.1 mo 33.1 mo
Felonies 70,864   59,927   7,374   299   62.2 mo 38.9 mo
  Violent offenses 2,500   2,329   146   7   100.8 mo 40.0 mo
    Murderf 137   132   1   0   136.8   ^  
    Negligent manslaughter 1   1   0   0   ^   ...  
    Assault 489   411   69   3   49.5   34.5  
    Robbery 1,388   1,349   40   1   101.6   42.6  
    Sexual abusef 397   358   33   2   132.0   48.4  
    Kidnapping 64   61   0   1   204.6   ...  
    Threats against the President 24   17   3   0   29.9   ^  
  Property offenses 11,259   6,609   3,511   119   26.8 mo 38.8 mo
    Fraudulent 9,837   5,823   2,924   113   25.8 mo 38.3 mo
      Embezzlement 548   272   223   5   16.5   37.6  
      Fraudf 8,322   4,938   2,417   103   26.2   38.5  
      Forgery 64   29   24   1   15.1   44.6  
      Counterfeiting 903   584   260   4   27.4   37.4  
    Other 1,422   786   587   6   34.1 mo 41.0 mo
      Burglary 49   37   11   0   23.8   36.1  
      Larcenyf 970   427   501   6   21.0   42.2  
      Motor vehicle theft 41   36   5   0   23.1   ^  
      Arson and explosives 171   143   26   0   79.6   32.5  
      Transportation of stolen property 159   123   33   0   36.1   39.6  
      Other property offensesf 32   20   11   0   24.0   20.6  
  Drug offenses 25,576   23,665   1,227   66   85.8 mo 42.2 mo
    Trafficking 23,498   21,777   1,089   56   86.0   42.9  
    Possession and other drug offenses 2,078   1,888   138   10   83.9   36.3  
  Public-order offenses 5,823   4,219   1,373   49   53.8 mo 37.1 mo
    Regulatory 754   346   327   21   33.1 mo 35.4 mo
      Agriculture 2   2   0   0   ^   ...  
      Antitrust 29   14   6   9   8.9   ^  
      Food and drug 39   8   29   1   ^   38.1  
      Transportation 98   31   55   4   19.1   34.4  
      Civil rights 59   54   7   0   79.1   ^  
      Communications 40   12   23   0   19.3   45.3  
      Custom laws 50   17   25   1   23.7   30.7  
      Postal laws 37   6   28   1   ^   28.3  
      Other regulatory offenses 400   202   154   5   27.9   35.9  
    Other 5,069   3,873   1,046   28   55.7 mo 37.7 mo
      Tax law violationsf 509   327   177   1   23.4   35.3  
      Bribery 159   91   62   2   25.4   32.2  
      Perjury, contempt, and intimidation 275   198   69   2   46.1   32.3  
      National defense 26   14   10   2   311.7   --  
      Escape 940   641   233   5   21.5   34.5  
      Racketeering and extortion 1,637   1,367   216   6   73.8   41.6  
      Gambling 91   17   70   2   15.7   33.8  
      Nonviolent sex offenses 1,157   1,090   70   4   68.5   48.5  
      Obscene materialf 11   8   3   0   ^   ^  
      Traffic offenses 28   19   8   1   23.8   ^  
      Wildlife 49   14   31   2   18.3   27.9  
      Environmental 31   7   22   1   ^   50.3  
      All other feloniesf 156   80   75   0   23.0   46.1  
  Weapon offenses 8,834   8,183   571   16   83.1 mo 39 mo
  Immigration offenses 16,872   14,922   546   42   25.7 mo 35.7 mo
Misdemeanorsf 7,178   1,224   3,298   2,139   5.4 mo 20.2 mo
  Fraudulent property offense 820   164   339   28   3.4   23.8  
  Larceny 826   81   519   220   5.3   21.8  
  Drug possessionf 1,156   429   537   115   6.7   17.8  
  Immigration offenses 440   244   67   10   4.8   25.7  
  Traffic offenses 2,283   114   900   1,267   4.4   13.9  
  Other misdemeanors 1,653   192   936   499   5.8   25.0  

...No cases of this type occurred in the data.
^ Too few cases to obtain statistically reliable data.
aTotal may not equal the sum of individual sanctions. The sum may exceed the total
because split and mixed sentences are counted in incarceration and probation.
Alternatively, the total may exceed the sum as the total includes offenders
receiving deportation, suspended sentences, sealed sentences, imprisonment of
4 days or less, and no sentences.
bAll sentences to incarceration, including split, mixed, life, and indeterminate sentences.
cIncludes offenders with split and mixed sentences.
dExcludes sentences of life, death, and indeterminate sentences.
eTotal includes offenders whose sentence could not be determined.
fIn this table, "Murder" includes nonnegligent manslaughter; "Sexual abuse" includes
only violent sex offenses; "Fraud" excludes tax fraud; "Larceny" excludes transportation
of stolen property; "Other property offenses" excludes fraudulent property offenses and
includes destruction of property and trespassing; "Tax law violations" includes tax fraud;
"Obscene material" denotes the mail or transport thereof; "All other felonies" includes
felonies with unclassifiable offense type; "Misdemeanors" includes misdemeanors,
petty offenses, and unknown offense levels; and "Drug possession" also includes
other drug misdemeanors.

Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Criminal Master File, fiscal year.
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