Judge Susan Webber Wright
September 2012: Average Prison Sentence
District Court - Arkansas East
Referring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Program Area: Narcotics/Drugs
For all cases disposed of in the current fiscal year (2012) that were credited to Judge Susan Webber Wright in the Eastern District of Arkansas, the average prison sentence was 29.3 months, when looking only at cases referred by the Federal Bureau of Investigation falling under the broad category of "Narcotics/Drugs". During the current fiscal year, Judge Susan Webber Wright has sentenced 4 defendants compared with one defendant during the twelve months of the previous fiscal year. Judge Susan Webber Wright's service terminated on December 1, 1990, due to statutory reassignment of judg.
Over the last five years, the average prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge Wright was 44.0 months. This was 41.4% lower than the 75.1 months typical in Arkansas East and 50.6% lower than the 89.0 months average prison sentence for the nation. Judge Susan Webber Wright sentenced 15 defendants during the past five years.
(CAUTION: The kinds of cases handled by individual judges influences statistical information about their sentences. It therefore is important to consider the breakdown of cases that each has handled, available below, when making judge-by-judge comparisons.)
Figure 1 compares Judge Wright's numbers to those for judges in this district and in the United States as a whole for cases of this type over the last five years.
During the last five years there were 6 other judges in the Eastern District of Arkansas with information on convictions during that period. Average prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 50.7 months to 201.9 months, putting Judge Wright's average prison sentence of 44.0 months at the lower end of the range. The average prison sentence for the whole Eastern District of Arkansas during that time was 75.1 months.
Born 1948 in Texarkana, AR
Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on September 21, 1989, to a seat vacated by Elsijane Trimble Roy; Confirmed by the Senate on January 23, 1990, and received commission on January 24, 1990. Service terminated on December 1, 1990, due to statutory reassignment of judges.
Judge, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on September 21, 1989, to a seat vacated by Elsijane Trimble Roy; Confirmed by the Senate on January 23, 1990, and received commission on January 24, 1990. Served as chief judge, 1998-2005.
Randolph-Macon Woman's College, B.A., 1970
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, M.P.A., 1973
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law, J.D., 1975
Law clerk, Hon. J. Smith Henley, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1975-1976
Faculty, University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, 1976-1990
Assistant professor and assistant dean, 1976-1978
Associate professor, 1980-1983
Research assistant, Arkansas Constitutional Convention, 1979
Visiting assistant professor, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law, 1980
Visiting associate professor, Ohio State University College of Law, 1981
Visiting associate professor, Louisiana State University Law Center, 1982-1983
Lead Charges in Cases Handled
The lead charge with the most cases disposed of by Judge Susan Webber Wright for the past five years was "21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy". It accounted for 46.7% of all cases.
Other lead charges with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Susan Webber Wright over the past five years were: "21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A" (40.0%), "18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts" (6.7%), "18 USC 1791 - Providing or possessing contraband in prison" (6.7%).
Lead Charge Judge District US 21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy 46.7% 60.7% 45.0% 21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A 40.0% 33.9% 44.8% 18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts 6.7% 1.8% 1.0% 18 USC 1791 - Providing or possessing contraband in prison 6.7% 0.9% 0.9%
Table 2: Composition of Cases for the Past Five Years (Top 10)
Number of Defendants in Judge Susan Webber Wright's Cases
Case Def. Sentence (Months) Sentencing Date Program Category 1 1 36.00 03/22/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 2 1 42.00 02/22/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 3 1 24.00 01/31/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 4 1 15.00 10/25/11 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details
Table 3: Individual Cases and Defendants Disposed of in Current Fiscal Year