Percent of releases from State prison, by most serious offense, 1985-99

Line graph showing four trend lines for the percent of annual releases from State prison by most serious offense from 1985 to 1999.

The percent of State prisoners released who had been convicted for a property offense decreased steadily from 45.8% in 1985 to 31.4% in 1999.

The percent of released violent offenders decreased from 34.6% in 1985 to 25% in 1990. From 1990 to 1999, the percent of violent offenders has remained nearly stable, ranging from a low of 24.0% in 1991 to 25.9% in 1999.

Drug offenders accounted for an increasing percent of all State prison releases. Nearly 33% of State prison releases in 1999 were drug offenders (up from 26% in 1990 and 11% in 1985).

The percent of State prisoners released each year who were convicted for a public-order offense increased gradually over the 15 year period, from 6.7% in 1985 to 9.6% in 1999.

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