The 10 most-sentenced crimes in Connecticut federal court

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The most common federal sentences in Connecticut are for drug-related crimes, which we covered last week; they account for about 46 percent of federal sentences in Connecticut.

But some readers were curious what crimes accounted for the other 54 percent.

Well, according to TrendCT analysis, the most common are for fraud, firearms-related crimes and immigration-related crimes.

Federal sentencing in Connecticut for 2014
For crimes that made up more than 2 percent of total sentencing
Crime Percent
Drugs-Trafficking 45.40%
Fraud 21.10%
Firearms 9.60%
Immigration 2.50%
Racketering/Extortion 2.30%
United States Sentencing Commission

In 2014, more than 29 percent of sentences in U.S. federal courts were for immigration-related crimes, making it the most common cause for federal sentences. But in Connecticut, immigration-related crimes only accounted for 2.5 percent of all federal sentences — fourth-highest on the list.

In Connecticut, racketeering and extortion were much more common in 2014. Nationwide, pornography, prostitution and “other miscellaneous” crimes surpassed the 2 percent threshold, but not in Connecticut.

Federal sentencing across the United States for 2014
For crimes that made up more than 2 percent of total sentencing
Crime Percent
Immigration 29.30%
Drugs-Trafficking 28.10%
Firearms 10.50%
Fraud 10%
Drugs-Simple Possession 3.10%
Other Miscellaneous 3%
Pornography, prostitution 2.50%
United States Sentencing Commission

In the previous post we looked at the substances that account for the largest number of drug sentences in Connecticut. Crack cocaine was at the top of the list; marijuana was near the bottom.

The data suggests Connecticut federal courts have prioritized drug-trafficking, as sentencing rates, per capita, has grown steadily since 1995. But nationwide, the rate for drug-trafficking sentences has declined after peaking in 2002.

The chart below shows the rate of federal sentencing nationally for the top 10 crimes since 1995.

Some observations:

  • Though immigration sentencing rates have increased since 1995, it’s lower today than in 2011, when it peaked.
  • Firearms-related sentencing has a similar trend, peaking in 2005.
  • Larceny and robbery sentences have dropped since 1995.
  • Pornography and prostitution sentencing rates have gone up nationally since 1995 but leveled off after 2010.

The table below is a list of crimes sentenced in federal courts, giving the U.S. and Connecticut totals.

What do you think?