*NOTES: Offenders not fitting into the violent, property, or drug categories (such as offenders convicted of quality of life and weapons offenses) were included in the total calculations but are not presented as a separate category. In Hawaii, these non-categorized offenders made up 26 percent of the 2009 release cohort (versus only 16 percent nationally) and served 68 percent less time than non-categorized offenders released in 1990. This steep drop is responsible for the decline in time served for all offenders, even as time served increased for violent, property, and drug offenders.
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