Case Length

Year to Date Through 05/26/2022

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.

422 days

to Complete

Non-Fatal Shooting

Cases

866 days

to Complete

Homicide

Cases

41,276

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 143 156 153 119 150 259 344 33%
All Property Offenses 141 138 141 151 176 316 387 22%
All Drug Offenses 170 167 176 193 200 439 514 17%
All Firearm Possession 286 276 265 208 238 300 397 32%
All Other Offenses 172 191 172 192 199 309 446 44%
Uncategorized Offenses 166 149 378 149 126 224 344 54%
All Offenses 162 164 173 171 181 316 409 29%
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 372 466 578 480 426 659 812 23%
Homicide: Other 608 624 776 565 731 930 919 -1%
Attempted Murder 664 714 577 442 212 352 660 88%
Non-Fatal Shooting 262 464 420 344 580 546 422 -23%
Rape 485 600 416 410 438 444 598 35%
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon 346 378 261 149 165 388 279 -28%
Robbery 131 94 101 114 121 291 224 -23%
Aggravated Assault 117 174 168 111 145 215 264 23%
Strangulation 0 40 59 70 88 174 143 -18%
Simple Assault 83 77 85 77 124 263 348 32%
Other Assaults 173 325 200 181 254 294 339 15%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 232 270 213 279 232 303 391 29%
Arson 59 293 258 140 323 230 363 58%
Carjacking 185 216 240 83 314 354 172 -51%
Other Violent Crimes 99 105 102 108 122 274 397 45%
All Violent Offenses 143 156 153 119 150 259 344 33%
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 167 246 170 128 138 255 286 12%
Burglary/Commercial 225 168 173 152 155 286 528 85%
Theft 139 146 144 149 191 460 385 -16%
Retail Theft 94 102 109 242 192 454 412 -9%
Theft from Auto 101 113 166 128 181 317 624 97%
Auto Theft 186 144 142 152 179 277 344 24%
Fraud 174 202 207 155 206 462 462 0%
Trespass 176 158 143 114 145 343 306 -11%
Criminal Mischief 141 137 149 179 200 189 328 74%
Other Property Crimes 490 135 216 231 277 255 297 16%
All Property Offenses 141 138 141 151 176 316 387 22%
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 331 404 318 269 246 420 440 5%
Drug Sales 229 221 210 193 207 449 482 7%
Drug Possession 134 128 150 190 191 428 575 34%
Drug Possession in Jails 201 131 320 95 143 299 213 -29%
All Drug Offenses 170 167 176 193 200 439 514 17%
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 287 309 287 230 262 321 412 28%
Firearm Possession without a License 263 276 255 194 199 277 381 38%
Altered Firearm Serial Number 292 185 230 193 194 180 482 168%
Other Firearm Offenses 573 236 343 202 236 501 398 -21%
All Firearm Possession 286 276 265 208 238 300 397 32%
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 121 100 92 88 106 213 206 -3%
DUI 221 245 207 221 237 502 524 4%
Prostitution/Sex Work 140 121 151 530 843 3,404 2,398 -30%
Patronizing Prostitutes/Sex Workers 57 75 122 147 108 384 749 95%
Promoting Prostitution 181 754 116 956 0 0 3,772 Inf%
Victim/Witness Intimidation & Retaliation 264 274 192 207 427 154 294 91%
Threats of Violence 90 83 105 87 116 256 319 25%
Ethnic Intimidation 0 0 480 94 0 276 242 -12%
Disorderly Conduct 95 96 131 155 174 964 418 -57%
Illegal Dumping/Littering 2,149 83 138 140 120 0 806 Inf%
All Other Offenses 172 191 172 192 199 309 446 44%
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.