Judge James Block Zagel
September 2012: Median Prison Sentence
District Court - Illinois North
Referring Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration
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 James Block Zagel in the Northern District of Illinois, the median prison sentence was 135.0 months, when looking only at cases referred by the Drug Enforcement Administration 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 James Block Zagel has sentenced 2 defendants compared with 3 defendants during the twelve months of the previous fiscal year.
Over the last five years, the median prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge Zagel was 90.0 months. This was 37.4% higher than the 65.5 months typical in Illinois North and 57.9% higher than the 57.0 months median prison sentence for the nation. Judge James Block Zagel sentenced 14 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 Zagel'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 25 other judges in the Northern District of Illinois with information on convictions during that period. Median prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 36.0 months to 121.0 months, putting Judge Zagel's median prison sentence of 90.0 months at the higher end of the range. The median prison sentence for the whole Northern District of Illinois during that time was 65.5 months.
Born 1941 in Chicago, IL
Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on February 2, 1987, to a seat vacated by Frank J. McGarr; Confirmed by the Senate on April 21, 1987, and received commission on April 22, 1987.
University of Chicago, B.A., 1962
University of Chicago, M.A., 1962
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1965
Assistant state's attorney, Cook County, Illinois, 1965-1969
Assistant attorney general, State of Illinois, 1969-1977
Deputy chief, Criminal Justice Division, 1969-1970
Chief, Criminal Justice Division, 1970-1977
Chief prosecuting attorney, Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board, 1973-1975
Chief assistant attorney general, State of Arizona, 1975
Executive director, Illinois Law Enforcement Commision, 1977-1979
Director, Department of Revenue, State of Illinois, 1979-1980
Chairman, Governor's Advisory Counsel on Criminal Justice Legislation, 1980-1987
Director of state police, State of Illinois, 1980-1987
Number of Defendants in Judge James Block Zagel's Cases