Topic:
PRISONS AND PRISONERS; PROBATION; RECIDIVISM; STATISTICAL INFORMATION;
Location:
PRISONS AND PRISONERS - STATISTICS; PROBATION;

OLR Research Report


November 3, 2008

 

2008-R-0596

PEOPLE IN PRISON FOR VIOLATING PROBATION

By: Christopher Reinhart, Senior Attorney

You asked about the number of people sentenced to prison for violating probation and what their underlying crimes are.

On October 1, 2008, Department of Correction (DOC) facilities held 1,890 sentenced inmates with a violation of probation or conditional discharge as their controlling offense. A violation of probation means an offender was originally convicted of a crime and sentenced to probation either after a prison term or in place of one. During probation, the offender violated a court-imposed condition or committed another crime and was ordered to complete the original sentence or given a new sentence.

Offenders incarcerated for a violation of probation or conditional discharge may have more than one underlying offense. DOC provided us with data on these 1,890 inmates, listing each by his or her most serious underlying offense. The table below groups these inmates into a number of categories based on their underlying offenses.

Underlying Crimes of People Sentenced for Violating Probation
or Conditional Discharge

Offense Category

Inmates

Percent

Drug Offenses

430

22.8%

Sex Offenses

233

12.3%

Assault

200

10.6%

Robbery

177

9.4%

Larceny

176

9.3%

Burglary

116

6.1%

Risk of Injury (Non-Sexual)

108

5.7%

Failure to Appear

82

4.3%

Violate Protective, Restraining, or Criminal Restraining Order

70

3.7%

Other Property Crimes

53

2.8%

Driving Under the Influence Related Offenses

51

2.7%

Firearms/Weapons Offenses

45

2.4%

Kidnapping/Unlawful Restraint

33

1.7%

Interfering With an Officer

16

0.8%

Breach of Peace

14

0.7%

Homicide

9

0.5%

Violate Probation or Conditional Discharge

8

0.4%

Other Motor Vehicle Offenses

8

0.4%

Conspiracy/Attempt/Liability for Another

6

0.3%

Youthful Offender

5

0.3%

Other Offenses

50

2.6%

TOTAL

1,890

100.0%

A number of offenses could fall under more than one category.

● We included manslaughter with a motor vehicle while intoxicated and assault with a motor vehicle while intoxicated under the category of “driving under the influence related offenses.”

● We included kidnapping with a firearm in the “kidnapping/unlawful restraint” category.

● The “sex offenses” category includes sexual assault crimes, injury or risk of injury to a minor (sexual), prostitution, child pornography, sex offender registry violations, and similar crimes.

● The “other property crimes” category includes crimes such as trespass, arson, criminal mischief, forgery, and identity theft.

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