March 9, 2018
Sentencing policy is often driven by high-profile, extreme cases, but most of the offenders we incarcerate are not extreme cases. To focus the discussion on the Average Joe, SPAC created these snapshots of average offenders in several offense categories. Again, these snapshots have no predictive value. The snapshots are not meant to affect decisions in individual cases, nor are they descriptive of any one unique person. In each category, there are many people who fall outside the average profile. Nonetheless, the recurring themes in terms of race, age, educational attainment, and recidivism are important for understanding broad outcomes of our sentencing policies.