Ten Percent Drop in Federal Sentences of One Year or More
(07 Oct 2014) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during August 2014 the government reported 13,265 new convictions. On these, only 3,706 of the defendants -- 28 percent, or just over one in four -- were reported to have received prison sentences of one year or more. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the number of defendants receiving prison sentences of at least one year is down 1 percent over the previous month and down 10.4 percent from five years ago. On the other hand, the total number of criminal convictions has been nearly constant, falling by only 1.0 percent in the same five year period.

In per capita terms, New Mexico led the nation with 6,214 sentences of one year or more per 10 million population, over four times the national average of 1,414 per 10 million. Other judicial districts with high counts of such convictions were the Southern District of California, the Western District of Texas, Arizona, the Southern District of Texas and North Dakota, all of which exceeded three times the national average.

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