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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Table 5
Effect of Factors on Prison Sentence Length (38,031 Cases):
Reported in Order of Most to Least Influential
Sentencing Guidelines Cases From July 1, 1994 to December 31, 1996
Factors Affecting Length of
Prison Sentence(1)
Ranking of Effect
of Factor on
Sentence Length
1= Most Influential
Unique Effect
of Factor on
Sentence
Length(2)
Current Crime Seriousness 1 .251
Victim Injury Guidelines Points 2 .229
Plea or Trial Disposition 3 .226
1st Degree P.B.L.: Current Crime(3) 4 .131
Prior Record Seriousness 5 .125
Life Felony: Current Crime 6 .097
Seriousness of Additional Offenses 7 .085
2nd Degree Felony: Current Crime 8 .084
3rd Degree Felony: Current Crime 9 .061
Prior Robbery Crimes 10 .052
Additional Robbery Crimes 11 .052
Prior Property Crimes 12 .045
Law Enforcement Guidelines Points 13 .045
Release Program Violator 14 .042
Drug Enhancement Guidelines Points 15 .038
Prior Sexual Crimes 16 .037
Additional Sexual Crimes 17 .030
Age of Offender at Sentencing 18 .028
Prior Other Violent Crimes 19 .025
Prior Escape or Weapons Crimes 20 .025
Prior Drug Crimes 21 .024
Prior Burglary Crimes 22 .021
Additional Burglary Crimes 23 .021
Prior Murder, Manslaughter Crimes 24 .021
Additional Murder, Manslaughters 25 .019
Additional Property Crimes 26 .014
Additional Escapes or Weapons 27 .014
Prior Florida Prison Sentences 28 -.011
Race of Offender(4) 29 .006
Gender of Offender(4) 30 .006
Additional Drug Crimes(4) 31 .006
Model Explains 42.2% of the Length of Prison Sentence.
(1) See Methodology section for details on how the factors were measured
(2) Standardized Beta coefficient from oridnary least squares regression model.
(3) P.B.L.=Punishable by life
(4) Race of offender=-.0062, gender of offender=.0059, additional drug crimes=.0055