Case Length

Year to Date Through 08/14/2022

Definitions | Limitations

Case Length is a measure of the number of days between arrest and resolution in a case. It reflects the efficiency of a criminal justice system. Faster case resolution can be a deterrent to crime; it also allows victims and the accused to move on with their lives more quickly.

423 days

to Complete

Non-Fatal Shooting

Cases

812 days

to Complete

Homicide

Cases

39,526

Cases Currently Open

All Offenses

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Due to court closures, cases have remained open for much longer than normal. The increase in median days to disposition for cases in 2020 and 2021 is a result of this.

Yearly Median Days to Disposition by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
All Violent Offenses 140 149 152 114 170 288 311 8%
All Property Offenses 140 133 147 149 200 371 351 -5%
All Drug Offenses 165 161 179 190 226 498 493 -1%
All Firearm Possession 286 264 255 210 252 297 405 36%
All Other Offenses 168 182 174 186 226 396 421 6%
Uncategorized Offenses 159 152 295 138 153 234 338 44%
All Offenses 158 158 174 168 203 362 391 8%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Violent

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Due to court closures, cases have remained open for much longer than normal. The increase in median days to disposition for cases in 2020 and 2021 is a result of this.

Yearly Median Days to Disposition by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Homicide: Shooting 378 468 536 506 426 658 798 21%
Homicide: Other 651 673 758 546 802 812 825 2%
Attempted Murder 668 642 578 442 238 311 660 112%
Non-Fatal Shooting 247 464 432 348 580 530 423 -20%
Rape 558 543 453 416 393 418 634 52%
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon 330 352 261 167 166 388 248 -36%
Robbery 125 93 102 98 149 328 262 -20%
Aggravated Assault 117 174 158 103 178 233 247 6%
Strangulation 0 48 65 69 105 164 139 -15%
Simple Assault 78 77 86 78 155 349 301 -14%
Other Assaults 170 146 176 155 273 185 276 49%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 235 211 210 264 232 303 415 37%
Arson 108 273 249 120 323 259 360 39%
Carjacking 231 218 259 143 359 396 174 -56%
Other Violent Crimes 94 97 100 104 150 356 356 0%
All Violent Offenses 140 149 152 114 170 288 311 8%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Property

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Due to court closures, cases have remained open for much longer than normal. The increase in median days to disposition for cases in 2020 and 2021 is a result of this.

Yearly Median Days to Disposition by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Burglary/Residential 159 203 174 125 182 272 256 -6%
Burglary/Commercial 225 174 174 176 161 370 537 45%
Theft 141 142 139 151 220 539 368 -32%
Retail Theft 98 99 128 250 200 527 360 -32%
Theft from Auto 118 98 173 120 210 511 618 21%
Auto Theft 175 144 139 144 195 322 306 -5%
Fraud 180 204 245 155 259 502 494 -2%
Trespass 176 146 150 123 166 363 279 -23%
Criminal Mischief 126 156 145 193 230 279 326 17%
Other Property Crimes 490 135 141 236 206 313 277 -12%
All Property Offenses 140 133 147 149 200 371 351 -5%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Drugs

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Due to court closures, cases have remained open for much longer than normal. The increase in median days to disposition for cases in 2020 and 2021 is a result of this.

Yearly Median Days to Disposition by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Drug Sales with a Firearm 314 382 322 262 260 400 430 8%
Drug Sales 221 215 208 189 230 509 478 -6%
Drug Possession 131 124 156 190 223 516 544 5%
Drug Possession in Jails 220 174 392 104 189 343 197 -43%
All Drug Offenses 165 161 179 190 226 498 493 -1%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Firearms

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Due to court closures, cases have remained open for much longer than normal. The increase in median days to disposition for cases in 2020 and 2021 is a result of this.

Yearly Median Days to Disposition by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Firearm Possession by a Prohibited Person 290 298 266 234 267 319 407 28%
Firearm Possession without a License 257 240 249 184 218 291 397 36%
Altered Firearm Serial Number 286 220 229 201 248 193 483 150%
Other Firearm Offenses 501 287 311 202 236 494 402 -19%
All Firearm Possession 286 264 255 210 252 297 405 36%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Other

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Due to court closures, cases have remained open for much longer than normal. The increase in median days to disposition for cases in 2020 and 2021 is a result of this.

Yearly Median Days to Disposition by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Violation of Protection Order 106 94 92 88 218 225 204 -9%
DUI 217 230 204 221 247 600 497 -17%
Prostitution/Sex Work 125 113 168 500 834 2,913 2,724 -6%
Patronizing Prostitutes/Sex Workers 57 70 106 100 147 652 529 -19%
Promoting Prostitution 181 387 195 429 1,453 0 79 Inf%
Victim/Witness Intimidation & Retaliation 252 275 214 225 398 138 246 78%
Threats of Violence 86 83 97 90 142 318 279 -12%
Ethnic Intimidation 59 683 202 136 0 251 206 -18%
Disorderly Conduct 109 117 138 154 186 566 408 -28%
Illegal Dumping/Littering 2,149 95 176 140 120 549 808 47%
All Other Offenses 168 182 174 186 226 396 421 6%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.