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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Table 3
White and Black Offenders Sentencing Factors (221,351 Cases): Sentencing Guidelines Cases July 1, 1994 to December 31, 1996
Sentencing Factor Racial
Group
All
Cases
Violent
Crimes
Property
Crimes
Drug
Crimes
Other
Crimes
Total Guidelines Points (Average) Blacks 30.7 66.1 21 19.8 25.7
  Whites 26.3 57.4 21.6 9.3 24.4
  Diff. 4.4 8.7 -0.6 10.5 1.3
  % Diff. 14.3% 13.2% -2.9% 53.0% 5%
Primary Offense Points Blacks 26.2 44.7 20.0 21.3 22.8
  Whites 24.9 41.1 21.2 18.0 22.6
  Diff. 1.3 3.6 -1.2 3.3 0.2
  % Diff. 5.0% 8.1% -6.0% 15.5% 0.9%
Prior Criminal Record Indicators:
Percent With 1+ Prior Record Crimes Blacks 66.2% 59.5% 65.0% 70.2% 67.0%
  Whites 48.3% 41.6% 49.5% 47.8% 63.5%
  Diff. 17.9% 17.9% 15.6% 22.4% 3.54%
  % Diff. 27.0% 30.1% 23.9% 31.9% 5.3%
Prior Record Points Average (1+ only) Blacks 8.2 7.6 8.5 8.3 8.4
  Whites 4.8 4.3 5.3 4.1 6.7
  Diff. 3.4 3.3 3.2 4.2 1.7
  % Diff. 41.5% 43.4% 37.6% 50.6% 20.2%
Number of Prior Convictions (1+ Avg.) Blacks 7.4 6.5 8.4 7.1 7.5
  Whites 6.4 5.9 6.8 5.8 8.2
  Diff. 1 0.6 1.6 1.3 -0.7
  % Diff. 13.5% 9.2% 19.0% 18.3% -9.3%
Percent With 1+ Prior Prison Sentences Blacks 9.2% 15.3% 7.6% 7.2% 8.2%
  Whites 5.5% 9.5% 5.0% 3.0% 5.6%
  Diff. 3.7% 5.8% 2.6% 4.2% 2.6%
  % Diff. 40.4% 37.6% 34.7% 58.5% 31.6%
Additional Crime Indicators:
Additional Crimes (% With One or More) Blacks 32.0% 38.2% 34.0% 28.7% 26.0%
  Whites 31.9% 33.4% 41.4% 21.7% 18.5%
  Diff. 0.1% 4.8% -7.5% 7.0% 7.5%
  % Diff. 0.3% 12.7% -22.0% 24.5% 28.9%
Additional Crime Points Avg. (1+ only) Blacks 5.1 10.3 4.5 3.2 3.4
Whites 5.4 8.6 6.4 2.4 2.8
  Diff. -0.3 1.7 -1.9 0.8 0.6
  % Diff. -5.9% 16.5% -42.2% 25.0% 17.6%
Additional Crime Number Avg. (1+ only) Blacks 2.0 2.1 2.4 1.7 1.9
  Whites 2.3 2.1 2.9 1.8 2.0
  Diff. -0.3 0.0 -0.5 -0.1 -0.1
  % Diff. -15.0% 0.0% -20.8% -5.9% -5.3%
Victim Injury Seriousness
Victim Injury Points (% With 1+) Blacks 9.6% 40.5% 1.5% 0.4% 1.8%
  Whites 10.0% 41.3% 1.1% 0.3% 1.7%
  Diff. -0.4% -0.8% 0.4% 0.1% 0.1%
% Diff. -4.1% -2.0% 29.2% 30.7% 3.0%
Victim Injury Points Average (1+ only) Blacks 21.2 22.0 10.7 9.5 10.5
  Whites 24.2 25.1 10.4 9.4 14.1
  Diff. -3.0 -3.1 0.3 0.1 -3.6
  % Diff. -14.2% -14.1% 2.8% 1.1% -34.3%
Release Program Violations:
Release Program Violators (% Yes) Blacks 22.1% 18.9% 21.6% 23.8% 22.9%
  Whites 19.1% 15.5% 20.9% 20.0% 16.9%
  Diff. 3.0% 3.4% 0.7% 3.8% 6.1%
  % Diff. 13.4% 17.8% 3.2% 15.9% 26.4%
Release Program Points Avg. (1+ only) Blacks 7.4 7.3 7.5 7.5 7.4
  Whites 7.4 7.2 7.5 7.5 7.6
  Diff. 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.2
  % Diff. 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.0% -2.7%