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2019

01/09/2019

FEATURED - Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016

Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016

• About 21% of state and 20% of federal prisoners said they possessed a gun during their offense, while� 79% of state and 80% of federal prisoners did not.
• About 1.3% of prisoners obtained a gun from a retail source and used it during their offense.
• 96% of violent offenders released in 2016, including 70% of those sentenced for murder or non-negligent manslaughter, served less than 20 years before initial release from state prison.
• Handguns were the most common type of firearm possessed by state and federal prisoners (18% each); 11% of all prisoners used a handgun.

2018

11/29/2018

FEATURED - Report: Time Served in State Prison, 2016

Time Served in State Prison, 2016

•The average time served by state prisoners released in 2016, from initial admission to initial release, was 2.6 years, and the median time served was 1.3 years.
• Most violent offenders (57%) released from state prison in 2016 served less than 3 years.
• 96% of violent offenders released in 2016, including 70% of those sentenced for murder or non-negligent manslaughter, served less than 20 years before initial release from state prison.
• Roughly 1 in 5 state prisoners released in 2016 after being sentenced for rape or sexual assault served 10 or more years before initial release.

05/23/2018

FEATURED - Report: 2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014)

This is the first BJS study that uses a 9-year follow-up period to examine the recidivism patterns of released prisoners...more

Prisoner Recidivism

• 5 out of 6 state prisoners were arrested within 9 years of their release.
• 68% of released state prisoners were arrested within 3 years, 79% within 6 years, and 83% within 9 years.
• More than three-quarters (77%) of prisoners released for a drug offense were arrested for a non-drug crime within 9 years.



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