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

Incarceration    

Probation
Total Prison Jail

White                
  All offenses 37 mo 58 mo 7 mo 38 mo
Violent offenses 71 mo 95 mo 8 mo 44 mo
  Murder/a 221   231   8   54  
  Sexual assault/b 109   130   10   55  
  Robbery 85   99   12   55  
  Aggravated assault 41   61   7   40  
  Other violent/c 43   64   7   44  
Property offenses 29 mo 45 mo 7 mo 37 mo
  Burglary 42   57   8   41  
  Larceny/d 20   34   7   36  
  Fraud/e 25   38   6   35  
Drug offenses 31 mo 52 mo 6 mo 37 mo
  Possession 20   36   5   38  
  Trafficking 38   62   7   36  
Weapon offenses 32 mo 47 mo 6 mo 36 mo
Other offenses/f 24 mo 43 mo 6 mo 39 mo
                   
Black                
  All offenses 40 mo 63 mo 7 mo 36 mo
Violent offenses 84 mo 108 mo 9 mo 43 mo
  Murder/a 254   258   13   63  
  Sexual assault/b 104   125   10   52  
  Robbery 100   114   11   53  
  Aggravated assault 48   70   8   39  
  Other violent/c 45   68   7   42  
Property offenses 30 mo 47 mo 7 mo 36 mo
  Burglary 45   61   8   41  
  Larceny/d 21   34   7   35  
  Fraud/e 23   42   6   35  
Drug offenses 31 mo 50 mo 6 mo 36 mo
  Possession 22   34   5   31  
  Trafficking 37   60   7   39  
Weapon offenses 34 mo 47 mo 8 mo 28 mo
Other offenses/f 24 mo 43 mo 6 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. 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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