Probation Rate High for Non-assaultive Felony Offenders in Wayne County

This series presents correctional data for felony offenders in Southeastern Michigan. We will present data for the seven counties for three types of offenses–non-assaultive, assaultive and drug. This post concentrates on non-assaultive felony offenses. For non-assaultive felony offenders in Southeastern Michigan,  jail and probation paired together represented  the highest percentage of those sentenced, compared to those sentenced to prison, just jail or just probation. Of the seven counties in the region Monroe County had the highest percentage of offenders sentenced to jail and probation at 58.1 percent. Wayne County, conversely, had the lowest percentage of offenders sentenced at 16.1 percent. Wayne County was the only county in the region to have less than 35 percent of non-assaultive felony offenders sentenced to jail/probation.

Wayne County had nearly double the percentage of non-assaultive felony offenders sentenced to probation than any other county in the region. In 2017, 59 percent of non-assaultive felony offenders in Wayne County were sentenced to probation. The county with the second highest percentage of non-assaultive felony offenders sentenced to probation was Washtenaw County at 27.4 percent. Monroe County had the lowest percentage of offenders sentenced to probation at 1.9 percent.

Regionally, Monroe County had the highest percentage of offenders sentenced to prison in 2017 at 24.7 percent, and St. Clair County had the lowest percentage at 12.9. St. Clair County had the highest percentage of non-assaultive felony offenders sentenced to jail at 40 percent in 2017. Wayne County had the lowest percentage of offenders sentenced to just jail at 10.7 percent.

As with the first post, and future posts reflective of the 2017 Michigan Department of Corrections, the “other” category had the lowest percentage of non-assaultive felony offenders sentenced to this option. Macomb County had the highest percentage of offenders sentenced to community service, restitution fines and costs in 2017 at 1.8 percent. Monroe and St. Clair County had zero percent of offenders sentenced to community service, restitution fines and costs.

It should be noted again that Wayne County regularly has highest percentage of offenders sentenced to only probation and the lowest percentage sentenced to any length of a jail stay. As this data set on non-assaultive felony offenders shows, Wayne County had about double the amount of offenders sentenced to probation than any other county in the region.

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