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State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons, 2004 - Statistical Tables
Felony Sentences in State Court

 

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Table 1.2. Distribution of types of felony sentences imposed in State courts, by offense, 2004
      Percent of felons sentenced to --
Most serious
conviction offense

Total Incarceration Nonincarceration


Prison Jail Probation Other

  All offenses 100 % 40   30   28   2  
Violent offenses 100 % 54   24   20   2  
  Murder/a 100 % 89   3   7   1  
  Sexual assault/b 100 % 61   20   17   2  
    Rape 100 % 69   20   9   2  
    Other sexual assault 100 % 57   19   22   2  
  Robbery 100 % 72   15   12   1  
  Aggravated assault 100 % 43   30   26   2  
  Other violent/c 100 % 41   32   25   2  
Property offenses 100 % 37   31   30   2  
  Burglary 100 % 49   26   24   1  
  Larceny/d 100 % 34   35   28   2  
    Motor vehicle theft 100 % 41   45   11   3  
  Fraud/e 100 % 30   29   37   3  
Drug offenses 100 % 37   30   30   3  
  Possession 100 % 35   29   31   4  
  Trafficking 100 % 39   30   28   2  
Weapon offenses 100 % 44   28   27   1  
Other offenses/f 100 % 34   35   29   2  

Note: For persons receiving a combination of sentences, the sentence designation came from the most severe penalty imposed -- prison being the most severe, followed by jail, probation, and then other sentences, such as a fine or community service. Prison includes death sentences. In this table "probation" is defined as straight probation. Detail may not sum to total because of rounding. This table is based on an estimated 1,062,629 cases.
a/Includes nonnegligent manslaughter.
b/Includes rape.
c/Includes offenses such as negligent manslaughter and kidnapping.
d/Includes motor vehicle theft.
e/Includes forgery and embezzlement.
f/Composed of nonviolent offenses such as receiving stolen property and vandalism.

Source: National Judicial Reporting Program
     See also Methodology

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