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Summary findings

In 2006—

  • an estimated 1.1. million persons were convicted of a felony in state courts
  • 94% of convicted felons pleaded guilty
  • 7 in 10 convicted felons were sentenced to either prison or jail
  • prison sentences in state courts averaged almost 5 years.
  • the number of felony convictions increased 37% between 1990 and 2006.

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Felony Sentences in State Courts, 2006 - Statistical Tables (Standard error tables added) Presents findings from the 2006 National Judicial Reporting Program (NJRP), which compiles detailed information on the sentences that felons receive in state courts nationwide and on characteristics of the felons.
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Part of the Felony Sentences in State Courts Series

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

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

State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons, 2000 - Statistical Series Presents statistics for adults who were convicted of a felony and sentenced in State courts. The data were collected through a nationally representative survey of counties.
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Part of the State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons 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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State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons, 1998 - Statistical Tables Presents statistics for adults who were convicted of a felony and sentenced in State courts. The data were collected through a nationally representative survey of counties.
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Part of the State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons Series