Sentences Imposed and Time Served for Offenders Convicted of Bank Robbery

GGD-86-54FS: Published: Mar 12, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO analyzed statistics on sentencing and parole for federal offenders who committed crimes involving firearms to determine the median sentences imposed and median time served for offenders convicted of armed and unarmed bank robbery.

GA0 analysis of the 609 offenders who committed bank robbery showed that: (1) 305 offenders used firearms or destructive devices and were convicted of armed bank robbery; (2) 146 offenders used firearms or destructive devices but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unarmed bank robbery; and (3) 158 offenders did not use firearms or destructive devices and were convicted of unarmed bank robbery. GAO found that the median time served for the 146 bank robbers who used firearms or destructive devices, but pleaded guilty to or were charged with and convicted of unarmed bank robbery, was 4 months less than the median time served for the 158 bank robbers who did not use firearms or destructive devices.

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