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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Table 2
Average Prison Sentence Length in Years by Race (N=38,031) Sentencing Guidelines Cases from July 1, 1994 to December 31, 1996
Average Sentence Length Black-White Difference
Offense Type Total Black White Number Percent
TOTAL ALL CASES 4.6 4.6 4.6 0.0 0.0%
Violent 6.9 7.0 6.7 0.3 4.7%
Property 3.4 3.6 3.3 0.3 8.1%
Drugs 3.0 2.8 3.4 -0.6 -17.2%
Other 3.1 3.3 2.9 0.4 13.6%
 
Murder/Manslaughter 14.5 15.8 13.2 2.7 20.4%
Attempted Capital Murder 14.6 16.1 12.8 3.3 25.8%
2nd Degree Murder 18.2 18.8 17.5 1.4 7.8%
3rd Degree Murder 12.6 12.3 13.2 -1.0 -7.2%
Manslaughter 8.8 9.8 7.6 2.3 29.7%
DUI Manslaughter 9.7 9.3 9.8 -0.4 -4.6%
Sexual/Lewd Assault 9.3 10.0 9.0 1.0 10.9%
Attempted Capital Sexual Battery 14.2 13.8 14.3 -0.6 -3.9%
Life Sexual Battery 18.5 18.9 16.2 2.7 16.8%
1st Degree Sexual Battery 10.2 11.1 9.5 1.6 16.3%
Lewd/Lascivious Behavior 6.0 4.9 6.5 -1.6 -25.0%
Robbery 7.2 7.6 6.4 1.2 18.8%
Robbery With Weapon 8.9 9.1 8.4 0.7 7.9%
Robbery Without Weapon 4.4 4.7 3.8 0.9 24.5%
Home Invasion, Robbery 9.1 11.0 7.6 3.4 45.5%
Violent, Other 4.3 4.3 4.3 0.0 0.2%
Aggravated Battery 4.3 4.4 4.1 0.3 8.2%
Aggravated Battery on LEO 3.3 3.3 3.6 -0.3 -8.5%
Aggravated Assault 2.9 3.1 2.8 0.3 12.0%
Resisting Arrest with Violence 2.6 2.6 2.6 0.1 3.6%
Kidnapping 11.8 12.5 11.1 1.3 12.0%
Arson 4.2 4.3 4.1 0.2 5.1%
Violent, Other 2.9 2.9 2.8 0.1 3.8%
Abuse of Children 6.8 6.8 6.9 -0.1 -1.5%
Assault/Battery, Other 3.6 2.7 4.5 -1.8 -39.0%
Aggravated Stalking 3.2 3.7 2.9 0.8 27.6%
Carjacking 8.2 8.6 7.6 1.0 12.6%
Burglary 4.3 4.6 4.0 0.6 15.2%
Burglary, Dwelling 4.2 4.8 3.8 1.0 26.3%
Burglary, Structure 2.8 3.0 2.7 0.3 10.2%
Burglary, Armed 7.0 7.7 6.6 1.0 15.6%
Burglary with Assault 8.2 8.5 7.7 0.8 10.0%
Burglary, Trespass, Other 3.5 3.0 3.8 -0.9 -22.7%
Property Theft/Fraud/Damage 2.5 2.5 2.6 -0.1 -2.0%
Grand Theft, Other 2.6 2.4 2.8 -0.4 -14.0%
Stolen Property 2.8 3.0 2.7 0.3 10.8%
Grand Theft Automobile 2.4 2.5 2.2 0.3 12.7%
Forgery/Counterfeiting 2.2 2.1 2.2 -0.1 -3.4%
Fraudulent Practices 2.3 2.1 2.6 -0.6 -21.5%
Other Theft, Property Damage 2.7 2.5 3.1 -0.6 -19.5%
Worthless Checks 2.1 2.1 2.0 0.1 5.8%
Drugs 3.0 2.8 3.4 -0.6 -17.2%
Drugs, Manuf./Sale/Purchase 2.7 2.8 2.2 0.6 25.5%
Drugs, Possession/Other 2.0 1.9 2.0 0.0 -0.9%
Drugs, Trafficking 6.1 5.8 6.5 -0.6 -9.9%
Weapons 3.6 3.8 3.4 0.4 12.6%
Weapons, Possession 3.6 3.8 3.3 0.6 17.9%
Weapons, Discharging 3.6 3.6 3.8 -0.2 -5.3%
Other 2.8 2.8 2.8 -0.1 -2.1%
Escape 3.1 2.9 3.2 -0.2 -7.3%
DUI, With Injury 4.1 5.0 4.0 1.0 24.6%
DUI, No Injury 2.2 2.2 2.2 0.0 0.8%
Other 2.6 2.5 2.7 -0.2 -7.7%
Traffic, Other 1.7 1.6 1.7 -0.1 -8.3%
Leaving Scene of Accident 3.0 2.9 3.2 -0.2 -7.4%
Notes:
Sentence lengths greater than 50 years or life are treated as 50 years.
Offense types with less than 10 cases in either racial group are excluded.