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Federal Criminal Case Processing, 1980-89, with Preliminary Data for 1990

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October 1991
This report presents detailed information on the processing of cases in the Federal criminal justice system for the years 1980 and 1985-1989 and preliminary data for 1990.

The data describe initial prosecution decisions, referrals to magistrates, court dispositions, sentencing outcomes, and length of sentences imposed. Both the number of defendants and percentage rates are given for each stage of the criminal justice process. Prosecution statistics cover suspects in criminal matters concluded by U.S. attorneys, including suspects in criminal matters concluded, suspects in U.S. district court, U.S. attorneys who declined to prosecute, and suspects referred to U.S. magistrates. Adjudication statistics reflecting defendants in cases terminated in U.S. district court show convictions and case dismissals. Adjudication statistics also reflect the number and percent of defendants convicted in matters disposed by U.S. magistrates. Sentencing statistics include offenders convicted in cases terminated in U.S. district court, specifically the number and percent sentenced to prison and the mean length of prison sentences. Corrections statistics for prisoners released from Federal prison indicate the average time served until first release from sentence imposed by U.S. district court. An explanation of the data methodology, explanatory notes, and a glossary are provided. 18 tables

Date Published: October 11, 1991