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Publication Offender-Based Transaction Statistics: Tracking Offenders, 1990

June 1, 1994    NCJ 148200

Less than half of the more than 500,000 prosecutions reported in 1990 resulted in felony convictions. Most persons prosecuted for homicide (67 percent), driving- related offenses (61 percent), drug offenses (59 percent), and burglary (53 percent) were convicted of a felony. About 80 percent of those convicted of a felony received State prison or local jail sentences. Percentages of felony sentences involving incarceration ranged from 73 percent for public order offenses to 85 percent for violent crimes. The median processing time between arrest for a felony and adjudication by a State court was 100 days. Over 90 percent of all cases were adjudicated within 1 year. Homicide cases took the longest to adjudicate, a median of 207 days. Data on demographic characteristics of felony offenders are provided, and methods used by the OBTS Program are described. An appendix contains supplemental information on felony arrests and prosecutions. 12 tables and 2 figures


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