Sentencing Commission Overview of Federal Criminal Cases Fiscal Year 2014
The Sentencing Commission has published an overview of the 75,998 federal criminal cases in which the offender was sentenced in fiscal year 2014. Among these cases, 75,836 involved an individual offender and 162 involved a corporation/“organizational” offender. In fiscal year 2014:
- 24,011 drug cases were reported to the Commission, accounting for 31.7 percent of all cases. Most of these cases involved drug trafficking offenses.
- There were 22,238 immigration cases, accounting for 29.3 percent of the total federal caseload.
- There were 7,925 firearms cases reported to the Commission in fiscal year 2014,
- The vast majority of offenders plead guilty. 97.1 percent of all convicted defendants pleaded guilty.
- Among those who pled guilty, 51.9 percent received a sentence below the applicable sentencing guideline range, either at the request of the government, at their own request, or initiated by the court.
- Sixty percent of the below range sentences were requested by the government, usually because the defendant had provided substantial assistance or had agreed to have the case handled as part of an early disposition
- In the 2.9 percent of cases where the offender did not plead guilty, 48.1 percent received a sentence below the guideline range, although only 9.7 percent of these below range sentences were requested by the government.
- Of those convicted of a felony or Class A misdemeanor, 87 percent received a sentence of incarceration, and another 7.2 percent received a sentence of probation (no confinement was imposed). The remainder either received a split sentence (2.8 percent) or a combination of imprisonment and community confinement, such as in a half-way house or through home confinement (3 percent)
- Overall, 71.1 percent of offenders received a sentence of less than five years, 16.5 received a sentence of five years or longer but less than ten years, and 12.4 percent received a sentence of ten years or longer.
- 135 federal offenders were sentenced to life imprisonment while five offenders were sentenced to death.
- The average length of supervised release imposed was 48 months
The report is available on the Commission’s website at: http://www.ussc.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/research-and-publications/rese arch-publications/2015/FY14_Overview_Federal_Criminal_Cases.pdf
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