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

 

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Table 1.5. Estimated time to be served in State prison, by offense, 2004


Most serious
conviction offense
    Estimated time served in prison --
Mean prison sentence
Percent of sentence/a Time/b

  All offenses 57 mo 55 % 32 mo
Violent offenses 92 mo 66 % 61 mo
  Murder/c 241   61   147  
  Sexual assault/d 116   68   79  
    Rape 154   71   109  
    Other sexual assault 90   67   60  
  Robbery 100   64   64  
  Aggravated assault 61   69   42  
  Other violent/e 59   66   39  
Property offenses 45 mo 53 % 24 mo
  Burglary 56   51   29  
  Larceny/f 35   56   20  
    Motor vehicle theft 29   60   17  
  Fraud/g 42   48   20  
Drug offenses 51 mo 44 % 22 mo
  Possession 37   42   16  
  Trafficking 60   47   28  
Weapon offenses 47 mo 65 % 30 mo
Other offenses/h 41 mo 51 % 21 mo

a/2004 data on time served in prison were not available at time of publication. Consequently, 2003 data were used to estimate time served in prison in 2004. Percentages are based on data from 269,652 persons released from State prisons in 2003 (National Corrections Reporting Program, 2003 tables 2-8 and 2-12). These percentages included credited jail time.
b/Derived by multiplying the percentage of sentence to be served by the mean sentence imposed.
c/Includes nonnegligent manslaughter.
d/Includes rape.
e/Includes offenses such as negligent manslaughter and kidnapping.
f/Includes motor vehicle theft.
g/Includes forgery and embezzlement.
h/Composed of nonviolent offenses such as receiving stolen property and vandalism.


Source: National Judicial Reporting Program
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