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Summary findings

  • Seven in 10 convicted felons were sentenced to either jail or prison.
  • Prison sentences in State courts averaged almost 5 years in 2004.
  • Defendants convicted of violent felonies received prison sentences averaging about 8 years; non-violent felons were sentenced to about 3 years of imprisonment (SCPS).

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Family Violence Statistics "Rate of family violence dropped by more than one-half from 1993 to 2002"
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State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons, 2002 - Statistical Tables Presents statistics for adults who were convicted of a felony and sentenced in State courts.
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Part of the State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons Series

State Court Processing Statistics (SCPS) Program,1990-98 (CD-ROM) This CD includes biennial data on the processing of felony defendants in State courts of the Nation's 75 most populous counties.
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Part of the Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties Series

Felony Sentences in State Courts, 2000 Presents statistics for adults who were convicted of a felony and sentenced in State courts in 2000.
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Part of the Felony Sentences in State Courts Series

Juvenile Felony Defendants in Criminal Courts: Survey of 40 Counties, 1998 Discusses the increase in violent juvenile crime experienced during the early and mid-1990's, which prompted states to modify the way their justice systems handle juvenile offenders.
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Felony Sentences in State Courts, 1998 Presents statistics for adults who were convicted of a felony and sentenced in State courts in 1998.
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Part of the Felony Sentences in State Courts Series

Felony Sentences in the United States, 1996 Presents the latest available figures for both state and federal sentencing, reporting that in 1996 the Nation's courts convicted a combined total of over one million adults of a felony offense.
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Part of the Felony Sentences in the United States Series

Felony Sentences in State Courts, 1996 Presents detailed information on the sentences and characteristics of adults convicted of a felony in State courts in 1996.
  PDF (207K) | ASCII file (75K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 381K) | Codebooks and Datasets
Part of the Felony Sentences in State Courts Series

Truth in Sentencing in State Prisons "State sentencing law changes linked to increasing time served in State prisons"
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Truth in Sentencing in State Prisons Describes the development and use of truth-in-sentencing (TIS) laws and presents data on the growing number of States that have adopted TIS and the increasing amount of time offenders are serving in State prison.
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