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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 2.6. Mean length of felony sentences imposed in State courts, by offense and gender of felons, 2004
Most serious
conviction offense
Maximum sentence length for felons sentenced to --

Incarceration    

Probation
Total Prison Jail

Male                
  All offenses 39 mo 61 mo 7 mo 38 mo
Violent offenses 72 mo 97 mo 8 mo 45 mo
  Murder/a 235   245   10   61  
  Sexual assault/b 98   121   9   55  
  Robbery 90   104   11   54  
  Aggravated assault 43   64   7   40  
  Other violent/c 40   60   7   44  
Property offenses 31 mo 47 mo 7 mo 37 mo
  Burglary 42   58   8   41  
  Larceny/d 21   34   7   35  
  Fraud/e 28   45   6   35  
Drug offenses 32 mo 52 mo 6 mo 37 mo
  Possession 21   35   5   35  
  Trafficking 39   62   7   38  
Weapon offenses 32 mo 47 mo 7 mo 32 mo
Other offenses/f 24 mo 42 mo 6 mo 37 mo
                   
Female                
  All offenses 23 mo 42 mo 6 mo 35 mo
Violent offenses 46 mo 74 mo 7 mo 37 mo
  Murder/a 189   192   13   50  
  Sexual assault/b 76   104   6   54  
  Robbery 61   78   10   51  
  Aggravated assault 29   53   6   34  
  Other violent/c 35   60   7   38  
Property offenses 19 mo 34 mo 5 mo 35 mo
  Burglary 24   39   6   40  
  Larceny/d 17   32   6   34  
  Fraud/e 20   34   5   35  
Drug offenses 22 mo 41 mo 5 mo 35 mo
  Possession 16   30   4   33  
  Trafficking 26   49   6   37  
Weapon offenses 24 mo 41 mo 6 mo 27 mo
Other offenses/f 17 mo 36 mo 5 mo 32 mo

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. In this table "probation" is defined as straight probation. Means exclude sentences to death or to life in 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
     See also Methodology

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