BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics
Report: 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.