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Pub. Type:
Report
Title:
Sentencing Outcomes in 28 Felony Courts in 1985
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Pub. Date:
1987
Abstract:
Sentencing is reported for homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and drug trafficking. Nearly 3 out of 10 sentences involved jail, with determinate sentencing jurisdictions using jail more often than jurisdictions using indeterminate sentencing. The determinate sentencing jurisdictions imposed a much narrower range of sentences than did the indeterminate jurisdictions. The average prison term imposed in determinate sentencing jurisdictions, however, was 40-50 percent lower than indeterminate jurisdictions. Subclassifications of general crime categories revealed substantial differences in imprisonment rates and average prison terms. The number of charges on which a person was convicted affected sentencing outcomes such that only 39 percent of those convicted on a single charge received an average term of 73 months, in contrast to 80 percent of those convicted on four or more charges (average prison term was 150 months). Seventy-one percent of those convicted were 30 years old or younger. 42 tables and an appended discussion of methodology. source
Issue/No.:
NCJ 105743
Producer:
United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Place of Production:
Washington, DC

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