According to a new report, the rate at which federal offenders are being sentenced to prison time has increased 10 percent in the past 10 years -- from 75.4 percent to 85.3 percent since fiscal year 1997 -- while the use of alternative sentences, such as probation and probation with confinement, has decreased over the same period. White, older citizens convicted of fraud, larceny or other white-collar crimes have a higher likelihood than other offenders of getting an alternative sentence, the report says.
New Report Shows Sharp Rise in Prison Time for Federal Offenders
The National Law Journal
February 12, 2009