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State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons 2004 - Statistical Tables
Felony Case Processing in State Courts

 

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Table 4.4. Mean length of felony sentences imposed in State courts, by offense and type of conviction, 2004

Most serious
conviction offense
Maximum sentence length for felons sentenced to --

Incarceration    

Probation
Total Prison Jail

Trial                
  All offenses 88 mo 108 mo 8 mo 41 mo
Violent offenses 152 mo 174 mo 10 mo 44 mo
  Murder/a 361   364   11 * 57  
  Sexual assault/b 167   186   10   59  
  Robbery 170   179   22   49  
  Aggravated assault 88   110   8   39  
  Other violent/c 67   90   7   46  
Property offenses 55 mo 71 mo 7 mo 40 mo
  Burglary 82   104   7   42  
  Larceny/d 38   52   8   44  
  Fraud/e 37   46   6   35  
Drug offenses 59 mo 74 mo 7 mo 38 mo
  Possession 32   44   5   35  
  Trafficking 72   86   9   41  
Weapon offenses 60 mo 69 mo 11 mo 39 mo
Other offenses/f 44 mo 56 mo 7 mo 46 mo
     
Guilty plea  
  All offenses 34 mo 54 mo 7 mo 37 mo
Violent offenses 60 mo 80 mo 8 mo 42 mo
  Murder/a 184   193   12   63  
  Sexual assault/b 80   96   10   55  
  Robbery 73   86   11   53  
  Aggravated assault 37   55   7   37  
  Other violent/c 38   58   9   39  
Property offenses 29 mo 44 mo 7 mo 36 mo
  Burglary 36   49   8   39  
  Larceny/d 21   38   7   36  
  Fraud/e 28   42   6   35  
Drug offenses 31 mo 50 mo 6 mo 37 mo
  Possession 25   37   5   38  
  Trafficking 34   58   7   36  
Weapon offenses 30 mo 43 mo 8 mo 34 mo
Other offenses/f 21 mo 39 mo 6 mo 35 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.
*Estimate is based on 10 or fewer sample cases.
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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