Case Length

Year to Date Through 04/12/2021

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.

195 days

to Complete

Agg. Assault/Gun

Cases

641 days

to Complete

Homicide

Cases

48,609

Cases Currently Open

  -8%

Time to Complete Poss. of Firearms Cases

vs. Pre-2018 Avg

All Offenses

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
All Violent Offenses 127 133 139 145 125 146 229 57% 133 161 21%
All Property Offenses 155 129 132 130 155 168 286 70% 139 185 33%
All Drug Offenses 194 177 195 179 194 200 376 88% 189 237 25%
All Firearms Possession 290 282 280 288 226 244 260 7% 284 254 -11%
All Other Offenses 100 116 106 127 193 212 546 158% 107 270 152%
Uncategorized Offenses 200 158 152 203 156 158 222 41% 170 185 9%
All Offenses 170 156 163 168 173 178 266 49% 163 196 20%

Violent

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Homicide 700 598 540 568 513 426 641 50% 613 537 -12%
Non-Fatal Shooting** 0 184 464 359 302 395 524 33% 216 395 83%
Rape 460 498 537 408 388 449 358 -20% 498 401 -19%
Robbery/Gun 255 386 335 348 260 168 356 112% 325 283 -13%
Robbery/Other 155 134 103 137 108 157 253 61% 131 164 25%
Aggravated Assault/Gun 311 425 356 252 227 134 195 46% 364 202 -45%
Aggravated Assault/Other 122 113 127 132 112 138 200 45% 121 146 21%
Other Assaults 82 73 74 81 81 107 190 78% 76 115 51%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 146 163 182 175 334 153 288 88% 164 238 45%
All Violent Offenses 127 133 139 145 125 146 229 57% 133 161 21%

Property

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Burglary/Residential 188 168 203 198 159 166 319 92% 186 210 13%
Burglary/Commercial 193 225 161 131 164 154 272 77% 193 180 -7%
Theft of Motor Vehicle Tag 0 199 79 529 286 120 0 -100% 93 234 152%
Theft from Person 206 159 111 97 292 301 293 -3% 159 246 55%
Theft from Auto 202 125 211 159 138 193 320 66% 179 202 13%
Retail Theft 116 96 97 95 190 158 359 127% 103 200 94%
Theft 167 130 130 141 142 160 230 44% 142 168 18%
Auto Theft 182 202 134 126 140 169 233 38% 173 167 -3%
Fraud/Theft of Services 215 158 167 154 163 202 416 106% 180 234 30%
Embezzlement 146 128 144 160 183 153 438 186% 139 234 68%
All Property Offenses 155 129 132 130 155 168 286 70% 139 185 33%

Drugs

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Drug Possession 166 135 131 145 174 181 150 -17% 144 162 12%
Drug Sales 244 207 205 190 194 202 403 100% 219 247 13%
DUI 191 210 252 209 219 221 402 82% 218 263 21%
All Drug Offenses 194 177 195 179 194 200 376 88% 189 237 25%

Firearms

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Illegal Firearms Possession 290 282 280 288 226 244 260 7% 284 254 -11%
All Firearms Possession 290 282 280 288 226 244 260 7% 284 254 -11%

Other

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Prostitution/Sex Work 98 133 125 122 530 725 2,395 230% 119 943 692%
Patronizing Prostitutes 96 88 76 106 174 110 384 249% 87 194 123%
Threats of Violence 102 109 106 148 137 140 297 112% 106 180 70%
All Other Offenses 100 116 106 127 193 212 546 158% 107 270 152%