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Felony Sentences in the United States, 1996

NCJ Number
Date Published
July 1999
11 pages
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.

Presents the latest available figures for both state and federal sentencing, reporting that in 1996 the Nation's courts convicted a combined total of over one million adults of a felony offense. In 1996 Federal courts convicted 43,839 persons of violent, property, drug, and other felonies. State courts convicted 997,970, bringing the combined U.S. total to 1,041,809 felony convictions. Federal courts accounted for 4% of the national total. Between 1994 and 1996 the total number of felony convictions increased 14% in State courts and 11% in Federal courts.

Date Published: July 1, 1999