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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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Felony Sentences in State Courts, 2004 Presents statistics for adults who were convicted of a felony and sentenced in state courts. The data were collected in a nationally representative survey of 300 counties in 2004.
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Part of the Felony Sentences in State Courts Series

State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons, 2004 - Statistical Tables Presents statistics for adults who were convicted of a felony and sentenced in State courts. The data were collected through a survey of a nationally representative sample of State Courts in 300 counties in 2004.
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Part of the State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons Series

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, 2002 Presents statistics for adults who were convicted of a felony and sentenced in State courts in 2002.
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Part of the Felony Sentences in State Courts 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

Defense Counsel in Criminal Cases Examines issues of legal representation for defendants in federal district court and large local jurisdictions, and inmates in local jails and federal and state prison.
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