Judge Susan Webber Wright
September 2012: Average Prison Sentence
District Court - Arkansas East
Lead Charge: 21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A
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 35.6 months, when looking only at cases with a lead charge of "21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A" falling under the broad category of "Narcotics/Drugs". During the current fiscal year, Judge Susan Webber Wright has sentenced 7 defendants compared with 10 defendants 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 60.3 months. This was 5.7% lower than the 64.0 months typical in Arkansas East and 14.1% lower than the 70.2 months average prison sentence for the nation. Judge Susan Webber Wright sentenced 41 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 55.4 months to 81.9 months, putting Judge Wright's average prison sentence of 60.3 months at the lower end of the range. The average prison sentence for the whole Eastern District of Arkansas during that time was 64.0 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 Investigative Agencies in Cases Handled
The lead investigative agency that referred cases disposed of by Judge Susan Webber Wright for the past five years was the Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration. It accounted for 82.9% of all cases.
Other agencies with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Susan Webber Wright over the past five years were: Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation (14.6%).
Agency Judge District US Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration 82.9% 81.7% 49.8% More Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation 14.6% 13.9% 10.0% Other - State/Local Authorities 2.4% 1.1% 8.4%
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 08/21/12 Drugs-Drug Trafficking Details 2 1 36.00 03/22/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 3 1 0.00 03/07/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 4 1 42.00 02/22/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 5 1 120.00 02/21/12 Drugs-Drug Trafficking Details 3 2 0.00 11/21/11 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 6 1 15.00 10/25/11 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details
Table 3: Individual Cases and Defendants Disposed of in Current Fiscal Year