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State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons, 1994

NCJ Number
J. M. Brown; P. A. Langan
Date Published
April 1998
79 pages
This report presents statistics on felony sentencing in State courts in 1994, trends since 1988, juveniles transferred to adult court, regional variations in adjudications and sentencing, and felony case processing.

Presents detailed findings from the 1994 nationally representative sample survey of felons convicted in State courts in 300 counties. The report includes tables on the number of felony offenders in State courts, the sentences they received, the demographic characteristics of convicted felons, the number of felons sentenced to probation, the number of felons convicted by trial and guilty plea, and the amount of time required to process felony conviction cases. Of the 872,000 felons convicted in State courts, 89 percent pleaded guilty and the rest were found guilty at trial; 45 percent were sentenced to prison, 26 percent to local jail, and 29 percent to straight probation with no jail or prison time to serve. This is the fourth in a series published every other year since 1988.