A Pew Center study reported that Tennessee prisoners serve some of the shortest terms in the country.
The study found that prison sentences in Tennessee last just under two years on average, which is about a year shorter than the national average.
Nashville prosecutor Torry Johnson said prison sentences are shorter in Tennessee because the state uses alternative punishments and probation guidelines. Johnson said those guidelines help reduce and control prison populations.
Tennessee Department of Corrections reports that offenders serve less time for property and drug crimes. The department said, however, prison sentences for violent crimes have increased by 41 percent.