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State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons 2004 - Statistical Tables
Profile of Felons Convicted in State Courts

 

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Table 2.5. Distribution of types of felony sentences imposed in State courts,
by offense and race of felons, 2004

Most serious
conviction offense
Percent of felons sentenced to --

    Incarceration Nonincarceration
Total

Total Prison Jail Total Probation Other

White                
  All offenses 100 % 67 37 29 33 30 3
Violent offenses 100 % 75 52 23 25 23 2
  Murder/a 100 % 90 87 3 10 6 3
  Sexual assault/b 100 % 80 63 17 20 18 2
  Robbery 100 % 86 71 15 14 13 1
  Aggravated assault 100 % 68 41 27 32 30 2
  Other violent/c 100 % 72 42 30 28 24 3
Property offenses 100 % 66 37 29 34 31 3
  Burglary 100 % 73 48 25 27 25 2
  Larceny/d 100 % 66 32 35 34 31 3
  Fraud/e 100 % 58 31 26 42 38 4
Drug offenses 100 % 63 33 30 37 34 4
  Possession 100 % 61 29 32 39 34 5
  Trafficking 100 % 64 35 28 36 33 3
Weapon offenses 100 % 73 44 29 27 25 2
Other offenses/f 100 % 66 31 35 34 31 3
                   
Black                
  All offenses 100 % 71 42 29 29 26 2
Violent offenses 100 % 80 60 20 20 19 1
  Murder/a 100 % 94 93 1 6 5 1
  Sexual assault/b 100 % 81 65 17 19 17 1
  Robbery 100 % 88 74 14 12 11 1
  Aggravated assault 100 % 73 47 26 27 25 2
  Other violent/c 100 % 73 43 29 27 26 1
Property offenses 100 % 68 38 30 32 30 2
  Burglary 100 % 77 54 23 23 22 1
  Larceny/d 100 % 70 36 35 30 28 2
  Fraud/e 100 % 57 26 31 43 40 3
Drug offenses 100 % 71 40 30 29 26 3
  Possession 100 % 70 40 30 30 26 5
  Trafficking 100 % 71 40 31 29 26 2
Weapon offenses 100 % 70 45 25 30 29 1
Other offenses/f 100 % 69 32 37 31 30 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, then probation. Prison includes death sentences. In this table "probation" is defined as straight probation. Detail may not sum to total because of rounding. Racial categories include Hispanics.
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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