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Time Served in State Prison, 2016

NCJ Number
252205
Date Published
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Publication Type
Bulletin
Annotation
Statistics are presented on the time served by state prisoners released in 2016, as measured from their date of initial admission to their date of initial release after serving time for a given offense.
Abstract
These findings are based on prisoner records from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Corrections Reporting Program (NCRP), which collects records on prison admissions and releases. All statistics in this report are based on state prisoners’ first release after serving time for a given offense. They exclude persons who had been released after serving time for an offense, returned to prison for violating community supervision, and were then released again. The report indicates that the average time served by state prisoners released in 2016 was 2.6 years, and the median time served was 1.3 years. Those released had served an average of 46 percent of their maximum sentence length. Those initially released in 2016 who were serving time for rape or sexual assault had served an average of 62 percent of their sentence, and those serving time for drug possession had served an average of 38 percent of their sentence. Those who served less than 1 year in state prison composed 40 percent of first releases in 2016. Those sentenced for murder or non-negligent manslaughter served an average of 15 years in state prison before their initial release; 96 percent of violent offenders released in 2016, including 70 percent of those sentenced for murder or non-negligent manslaughter, served less than 20 years before their initial release. About 75 percent of violent offenders released from state prison in 2016 served at least 1 year before their release. Those sentenced for property, drug, or public-order offenses served less than 2 years before their release. 4 tables, 1 figure, and 2 maps
Date Created: November 29, 2018