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The law contains a list of crimes that someone can stand convicted of to be eligible for sentencing under this provision. Some of these crimes carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence. Table 2 shows these crimes and how that mandatory minimum sentence would be doubled or tripled for a persistent dangerous felony offender.


In the United States, sentencing law varies by jurisdiction. Since the US Constitution is the supreme law of the land, all sentences in the US must conform to the requirements of the Constitution, which sets basic mandates while leaving the bulk of policy-making up to the states.. Despite the continued growth of federal criminal law, the vast majority of criminal sentencing takes place in ...


(All sentences over 50 years have been treated as sentences of 50 yrs in the calculation of the mean, including life and death sentences.) Source: Florida Department of Corrections, Bureau of Research and Data Analysis.


Prison sentences imposed increased from an average of 55.1 months during 1988 to 59.7 months during 2006. For drug offenses, prison sentences increased from an average of 71.3 months to 87.2 months; for weapons offenses, sentences imposed increased from 52.3 months to 88.4 months.


Punishments for juvenile offenders can be severe. Juvenile courts offer youth offenders many sentencing options, also known as “disposition orders.” These sentencing options fall under two major categories and depend on the severity of the offense and the minor’s criminal history:


Between 90 years and life imprisonment (parole eligibility for life sentence if crime committed before January 1st, 1995: years or 20 years if sentenced to more than 1 life sentence, 25 years if the victim was under the age of 18 except commit with sexual motivation) (Prisoners are eligible for geriatric parole when they turn 60.) Capital Murder


The average sentence for sale crimes ranged from a low of 0 days in Manchester, Milford, and Waterbury to a high of 2,920 days in Norwalk. Nine GA courts did not impose any sentences for sale crimes. The average sentence for possession with intent to sell crimes ranged from 1,832 days in Bridgeport to a high of 2,074 in Meriden.


The political campaign season has included plenty of discussion surrounding reforming our criminal justice system, and in particular sentencing for drug offenses. We have not heard much discussion about white-collar criminal sentencing. There is a fair amount of controversy surrounding while collar criminal sentencing as well.


Calling all data geeks: The United States Sentencing Commission just issued its “Overview of Federal Criminal Cases, Fiscal Year 2015.” It’s a fairly short summary of the longer “2015 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics," which is also worth checking out. A few interesting tidbits about white-collar cases are included in the Overview.


all felony sentences in the United States during 2006. According to the BJS Federal Justice Sta-tistics Program, federal courts sentenced about 73,000 persons for a felony in 2006, which rep-resented about 6% of the combined state and federal total (table 1.6). • The average felony sentence to incarceration