Case Length

Year to Date Through 09/19/2021

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.

229 days

to Complete

Agg. Assault/Gun

Cases

649 days

to Complete

Homicide

Cases

49,605

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 117 135 140 143 116 177 283 60% 131 180 37%
All Property Offenses 140 136 131 151 156 205 375 83% 136 222 63%
All Drug Offenses 188 178 173 185 192 234 518 121% 180 282 57%
All Firearms Possession 308 273 268 262 224 293 305 4% 283 271 -4%
All Other Offenses 101 107 106 148 148 220 509 131% 105 256 144%
Uncategorized Offenses 174 159 147 189 152 196 276 41% 160 203 27%
All Offenses 161 159 156 174 167 207 365 76% 159 228 43%

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 639 553 552 546 475 442 649 47% 581 528 -9%
Non-Fatal Shooting** 66 252 447 397 326 421 474 13% 255 404 58%
Rape 351 472 524 406 416 440 316 -28% 449 394 -12%
Robbery/Gun 297 370 336 274 222 218 413 89% 334 282 -16%
Robbery/Other 134 140 116 141 109 183 325 78% 130 190 46%
Aggravated Assault/Gun 322 367 268 221 158 172 229 33% 319 195 -39%
Aggravated Assault/Other 110 114 120 122 107 179 258 44% 115 166 44%
Other Assaults 75 74 75 87 79 155 244 57% 75 141 88%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 132 232 181 211 240 254 276 9% 182 245 35%
All Violent Offenses 117 135 140 143 116 177 283 60% 131 180 37%

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 178 177 225 184 155 201 309 54% 193 212 10%
Burglary/Commercial 185 225 164 147 165 182 366 101% 191 215 13%
Theft of Motor Vehicle Tag 117 248 142 408 205 121 718 493% 169 363 115%
Theft from Person 160 116 112 166 117 272 334 23% 129 222 72%
Theft from Auto 155 124 151 149 130 227 476 110% 143 246 72%
Retail Theft 110 99 98 133 199 198 509 157% 102 260 155%
Theft 139 131 135 154 156 191 506 165% 135 252 87%
Auto Theft 167 209 153 140 146 196 382 95% 176 216 23%
Fraud/Theft of Services 174 184 154 170 172 294 485 65% 171 280 64%
Embezzlement 166 172 152 190 204 246 590 140% 163 308 89%
All Property Offenses 140 136 131 151 156 205 375 83% 136 222 63%

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 153 136 127 156 173 224 471 110% 139 256 84%
Drug Sales 230 199 187 199 190 240 508 112% 205 284 39%
DUI 202 216 220 212 222 248 585 136% 213 317 49%
All Drug Offenses 188 178 173 185 192 234 518 121% 180 282 57%

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 308 273 268 262 224 293 305 4% 283 271 -4%
All Firearms Possession 308 273 268 262 224 293 305 4% 283 271 -4%

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 107 128 110 189 401 550 1,700 209% 115 710 517%
Patronizing Prostitutes 79 67 72 82 104 154 652 323% 73 248 240%
Threats of Violence 103 118 106 132 121 211 401 90% 109 216 98%
All Other Offenses 101 107 106 148 148 220 509 131% 105 256 144%