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Felony Sentences in the United States, 1996

NCJ Number
Date Published
July 1999
11 pages
Jodi M. Brown; Patrick A. Langan Ph.D.
Publication Series
In 1996, Federal and State courts convicted 1,041,809 persons of violent crimes, property crimes, drug law offenses, and other felonies; Federal courts convicted 43,839 persons and State courts convicted 997,970 persons of felonies.
That year was the first year that State and Federal courts convicted a combined total of more than 1 million adults of felonies. The 1,041,809 felony convictions were 20 percent greater than the 866,028 in 1990 and represented an average annual growth rate of 3 percent. The number of felony convictions increased 14 percent in State courts and 11 percent in Federal courts between 1994 and 1996. The courts imposed prison sentences on 39 percent of all persons convicted of felonies in 1996; Federal courts sentenced 64 percent of felons to prison, while State courts sentenced 38 percent of felons to prison. The courts sentenced to prison 57 percent of the 170,400 felons convicted of violent crimes. The average prison sentence imposed was about 5 years in State courts and 6.5 years in Federal courts. Figure, tables, and footnotes

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