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FELONY SENTENCES IN STATE COURTS, 2006 - STATISTICAL TABLES RELEASED

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released Felony Sentences in State Courts, 2006 - Statistical Tables (NCJ 226846), which presents findings from the 2006 National Judicial Reporting Program (NJRP), that compiles detailed information on the sentences that felons receive in state courts nationwide and on characteristics of the felons. The survey excludes federal courts and state or local courts that do not adjudicate adult felony cases.

The tables in this publication provide data on the number of felony offenders in state courts, sentences received, demographic characteristics of convicted felons, and types of convictions. The report also covers comparisons to felony sentences in federal courts, using data from the Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP). The 2006 NJRP was based on a sample of state courts in 300 counties selected to be nationally representative. The survey included only offenses that state penal codes defined as felonies. Felonies are widely defined as crimes with the potential of being punished by more than 1 year in prison. NJRP surveys have been conducted every 2 years since 1986.

TITLE:

Felony Sentences in State Courts, 2006 - Statistical Tables

AUTHORS:

Sean Rosenmerkel, Matt Durose, and Donald Farole, Jr.

WHERE:

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2152

The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.

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