Sentencing Commission Annual Statistical Report has been released.
Here's a link to the full report. Here is a summary of the North Carolina misdemeanor data.
Misdemeanor Convictions in North Carolina
During Fiscal Year 2011/12, sentences for 140,833 misdemeanor convictions were imposed under Structured Sentencing. (Note: This number excludes Driving While Impaired convictions, cases disposed of by magistrates, Class 2 and Class 3 criminal traffic offenses, and local ordinance offenses.)
Nine percent of misdemeanor convictions fell into Offense Class A1, 59% fell into Offense Class 1, 15% fell into Offense Class 2, and 17% fell into Offense Class 3.
Thirty-five percent of misdemeanor convictions fell into Prior Conviction Level I (0 points), 40% fell into Prior Conviction Level II (1-4 points), and 25% fell into Prior Conviction Level III (5 or more points).
Seventy-five percent of convictions were for male offenders; 33% of convictions were for offenders under the age of 26; and 47% of convictions were for Black offenders.
Twenty-eight percent of misdemeanor convictions resulted in an Active punishment, 2% resulted in an Intermediate punishment, and 70% resulted in a Community punishment.
Public order offenses accounted for the majority of misdemeanor convictions (46%), while misdemeanor person offenses accounted for the lowest proportion (11%). Convictions for person offenses were most likely to result in an Active punishment (33%). Person offenses resulted in the longest average Active sentences.
Where a specific intermediate sanction was indicated in the AOC database, Special Probation was the most frequently invoked (76%). Offenders who received Special Probation were most likely convicted of a Class 1 offense with Prior Conviction Level III.
Of all misdemeanor offenders who received a Community punishment, 47% received Unsupervised Probation; 35% received Supervised Probation; and 9% were ordered to perform community service, pay restitution and/or a fine as their most serious punishment. The remainder had no sanction specified.