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Four Out of Ten Get the Slammer
A Bureau of Justice Statistics study tracked 536,000 felony offenders in 12 states in 1967. The study found that out of every 10 people arrested on felony charges, eight were prosecuted, six were convicted of the original charge or lesser offense, and four were sentenced to a jail or prison term.
Among offenders sentenced to prison in the 12 states, 27% were convicted of a violent crime, as were 14% of those sentenced to serve time on probation in the community. About one out of four persons sentenced to prison or jail had been convicted of a drug crime, as were one out of eight sentenced to probation. About 86% of all those convicted of felonies in the 12 states were male, 61% were white, and 64% were less than 30 years old.
A copy of the Bureau's bulletin, Tracking Offenders, 1987 (NCJ-125315), may be obtained from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20850.
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