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10-20-Life Felons Admitted to Prison

Inmates vs. Crimes

This report categorizes inmates based on the longest mandatory minimum sentence they have received under the 10-20-Life law, because many felons have committed more than one qualifying crime.

Of the 4,825 felons admitted to prison with a mandatory minimum sentence under the 10-20-Life legislation, 3,887 are currently in the Department’s custody and have been convicted of 7,536 crimes for which a 10-20-Life sentence was imposed.

Qualifying Offenses by Inmate MAXIMUM MANDATORY SENTENCE TOTAL
3 YR 10 YR 20 YR 25 YR-LIFE LIFE
1

1,083

876

100

223

33

2,315

2

131

479

70

92

28

800

3

28

230

34

41

9

342

4

9

127

17

20

6

179

5+

10

197

27

15

2

251

TOTAL INMATES

1,261

1,909

248

391

78

3,887

TOTAL OFFENSES

1,556

4,464

614

751

151

7,536

  • Of inmates whose longest mandatory minimum sentence was 3 years, most (85.9%) committed only one crime that qualified for an enhanced sentence, although they may have committed other non-qualifying crimes.

Inmates vs Offenses:  at 3yrs - 1,914 total inmates and 2,013 total offenses; at 10yrs 1,636 inmates and almost 3,500 offenses;  
20yrs 201 inmates and less than 500 offenses; 25yrs - life  395 inmates and 729 offenses.
  • The average number of qualifying crimes per inmate was 2.4 for those whose longest mandatory term was at least 10 years and less than 25 years.

Qualifying Crimes:  with one offense: 10yr=834 Inmates, 20yr=88, 25yr=230; with three offenses: 10yr=159 Inmates, 20yr=30, 25yr=39; with 5 or more offenses: 10yr=124, 20yr=18, 25yr=14.


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