• In 2004, state and federal courts convicted a combined
total of nearly 1,145,000 adults of felonies -- state courts convicted
an estimated 1,079,000 adults and federal courts convicted 66,518
adults (accounting for 6% of the national total).
• In 2004, 70% of all felons convicted in state courts were
sentenced to a period of confinement - 40% to state prisons and
30% to local jails. Jail sentences are for short-term confinement
(usually for a year or less) in a county or city facility, while
prison sentences are for long-term confinement (usually for over
a year) in a state facility.
• State courts sentenced 28% of convicted felons to straight
probation with no jail or prison time to serve.
• Prison sentences in state courts averaged almost 5 years
• The average sentence to local jail was 6 months. The average
probation sentence was about 3 years.
• Females accounted for a quarter of felony property offenders