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Felony Sentences in State Courts, 2000

NCJ Number
Date Published
June 2003
12 pages
Matthew R. Durose; Patrick A. Langan Ph.D.
Publication Series
This report 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 344 counties in 2000. Within the 12 offense categories reported are the number and characteristics (age, sex, race) of offenders who were sentenced to prison, jail, or probation. Trends from 1992 to 2000 highlight the number, sentence type, sentence length, and characteristics of adults convicted of felonies. This periodic report is published every 2 years. Highlights include the following: State courts sentenced 40 percent of convicted felons to a State prison, 28 percent to a local jail, and 32 percent to straight probation with no jail or prison time to serve. Drug offenders were 34.6 percent of felons convicted in State courts in 2000. Guilty pleas accounted for 95 percent of felony convictions in State courts in 2000.

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