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Demographics of 10-20-Life Felons

Current Age of Inmates Under 10-20-Life

Sentencing under the 10-20-Life law suggests differences among felons in the way gun-related crime occurs according to age group.

CURRENT AGE MAXIMUM MANDATORY SENTENCE TOTAL
3 YR 10 YR 20 YR 25 YR-LIFE LIFE

Less than 18

2

13

2

2

0

19

18-24

212

701

66

103

17

1,099

25-34

597

842

117

165

34

1,755

35-49

371

300

46

75

19

811

50-59

65

45

12

28

6

156

60+

14

8

5

18

2

47

TOTAL

1,261

1,909

248

391

78

3,887


  • Of felons who received any 10-20-Life sentence, only 19 are under the age of 18.

  • Of felons whose longest 10-20-Life sentence was for using a gun in a crime, 33.8% are between ages 18 and 24, 44.1% are between ages 25 and 34, and 16.8% are between ages 35 and 49.

  • Of felons whose longest 10-20-Life sentence was for felon possessing a gun, 47.3% are between ages 25 and 34, 16.8% are between ages 18 and 24, and 29.4% are between ages 35 and 49.

  • Of 10-20-Life felons sentenced for using a gun in a crime, only 23.5% of those under age 18 fired the gun, whereas 37.4% of those age 35 or older did.

  • Of 10-20-Life felons ages 18 to 24, most (76.8%) displayed the gun during the crime, whereas about one-fourth (23.2%) were convicted as felons possessing a gun.

  • Older 10-20-Life felons are more likely to be convicted as felons possessing a gun as compared with displaying the gun: 59.8% of those ages 50 and above, and 55.3% of those ages 35 to 49. However, because this charge depends on having a prior felony conviction, this may simply be the result of older felons being more likely to have a prior felony.

Age when Crime Committed:  Most fall between 18-24 (3yr=615 inmates, 10yr=899, 20yr=91, 25yr=169) or 25-34 (3yr=692 inmates, 10yr=352, 
20yr=52, 25yr=105)




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