Felony Threshold Debate

At Least 35 States Have Raised Felony Theft Thresholds Since 2001

Higher sums are designed to take inflation into account

Note: The District of Columbia raised its felony theft threshold in 2010 but is not included in this report because its crime data are not directly comparable with state crime statistics. 

Source: Pew's analysis of legislative information from the National Conference of State Legislatures

Since 2001, at least 35 states have raised their felony theft thresholds, including five that did so twice. In terms of percentage, Oklahoma’s tenfold increase, from $50 to $500 in 2001, was the largest in the nation. 

Editor's Note: Over the last couple weeks, as has been reported in the Daily, several states have looked at increasing felony thresholds. Given the stature of Pew, we assume they updated this report as a direct result of working with these states' respective attorneys general.

Read the entire Pew report here

Also noteworthy: In 2015, the rate of property crime was estimated at 2,487.0 per 100,000 inhabitants, a 3.4 percent decrease when compared with the 2014 estimated rate. The 2015 property crime rate was 14.4 percent less than the 2011 estimate and 25.7 percent less than the 2006 estimate. arceny-theft accounted for 71.4 percent of all property crimes in 2015. (Source: FBI)

In 2016 the property crime category, larceny offenses dropped 0.6 percent. (Source: FBI)

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