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The DC Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission Releases 2015 Annual Report

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The DC Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission is pleased to announce the release of its 2015 Annual Report.  The report can be viewed at scdc.dc.gov/node/1159107  

The 2015 Annual Report presents information on felony sentences imposed between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015.  In addition, the report contains information regarding the activities of the Criminal Code Revision Project.

A few of the key findings contained in the 2015 Annual Report include:

  • In 2015, 1,617 offenders were sentenced in 1,701 felony cases, consisting of 2,309 individual felony counts.
  • Of the 1,701 felony cases sentenced, 990 were single count cases and 711 were multiple count cases.
  • Approximately 92% of all felony cases were disposed of through guilty pleas.  Jury and bench trials accounted for 8% of all felony case dispositions.  
  • Prison was the most frequent sentence type imposed (55%), followed by probation (26%) and short split sentences (19%).  
  • Males represented 91.7% of felony offenders sentenced, with females accounting for 7.8%,
  • Offenders age 18-30 accounted for 63% of all offenders sentenced in 2015.
  • In 2015, 375 felony drug counts were sentenced, representing a 75% decrease from the 1,497 drug counts sentenced in 2010.
  • Robbery offenses represented 35% of the sentences within the violent offense category and 20% of all felony cases sentenced.
  • Judicial compliance with the Sentencing Guidelines was 95.5%, consistent with previous yearly compliance rates above 90% since the inception of the Guidelines.
  • During 2015, the Criminal Code Revision Project submitted its Report on the Enactment of D.C. Code Title 22 and Other Criminal Code Revisions to the Council and Mayor for consideration.  

The Commission hopes you find the 2015 Annual Report both informative and useful in understanding sentencing patterns within the District of Columbia.