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

 

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Table 1.4. Estimated percent of felons sentenced to life in State prison, by offense, 2004

Most serious
conviction offense
Life sentences as a percent of --

All
sentences*
All prison sentences

  All offenses 0.3 % 0.8 %
Murder/a 20.4   23.1  
Sexual assault/b 1.6   2.6  
  Rape 3.4   4.8  
  Other sexual assault 0.5   0.9  
Robbery 0.8   1.2  
Aggravated assault 0.3   0.7  
Other violent/c 0.2   0.6  
Burglary 0.1   0.2  
Larceny/d 0.0   0.0  
  Motor vehicle theft 0.0   0.0  
Fraud/e 0.0   0.0  
Drug Possession 0.2   0.5  
Drug Trafficking 0.1   0.3  
Weapons 0.1   0.2  
Other/f 0.0   0.0  

*Includes sentences to probation and jail as well as prison.
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
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