The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during August 2014 the government reported 13,265 new convictions. On these, only 3,706 of the defendants — 28 percent, or just over one in four — were reported to have received prison sentences of one year or more. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the number of defendants receiving prison sentences of at least one year is down 1 percent over the previous month and down 10.4 percent from five years ago.
On the other hand, the total number of criminal convictions has been nearly constant, falling by only 1.0 percent in the same five year period.
The comparisons of the number of defendants convicted are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.