• 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