Case Length

Year End 12/31/2021

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.

462 days

to Complete

Non-Fatal Shooting

Cases

782 days

to Complete

Homicide

Cases

38,433

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: Year End Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
All Violent Offenses
130
125
134
141
140
122
191
325
All Property Offenses
143
138
133
129
150
155
218
377
All Drug Offenses
174
181
173
162
181
190
262
490
All Firearm Possession
257
292
282
261
246
206
291
322
All Other Offenses
170
158
180
167
179
182
231
426
Uncategorized Offenses
150
144
169
151
226
140
167
264
All Offenses
160
158
160
154
173
169
228
383

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: Year End Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
·
164
399
516
546
499
478
718
634
682
666
671
737
549
768
846
576
646
670
650
444
442
316
428
·
66
306
422
393
364
459
462
358
433
594
541
380
397
376
441
206
292
330
335
250
164
252
362
124
104
104
94
101
98
189
321
120
115
117
164
145
112
198
262
·
·
0
58
64
78
163
127
84
74
77
80
84
89
158
377
109
161
165
139
172
180
329
185
158
140
218
182
194
260
296
289
259
169
130
175
175
140
300
251
266
270
242
239
238
134
357
390
108
101
92
99
98
114
161
393
All Violent Offenses
130
125
134
141
140
122
191
325

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: Year End Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
141
146
162
166
162
121
194
278
214
203
229
202
184
178
206
396
144
147
129
141
144
163
248
476
107
108
99
98
141
240
238
414
127
163
110
96
160
127
219
357
170
162
178
144
143
148
220
351
161
172
182
181
204
167
330
462
159
130
147
138
142
138
186
354
349
191
119
132
150
170
310
332
173
378
490
135
117
260
277
369
All Property Offenses
143
138
133
129
150
155
218
377

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: Year End Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
519
499
353
381
322
249
310
388
238
239
223
205
208
193
271
511
145
147
136
127
161
188
258
497
184
193
232
186
338
108
211
343
All Drug Offenses
174
181
173
162
181
190
262
490

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: Year End Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
344
346
304
308
264
237
305
330
217
260
245
236
232
175
277
308
212
302
310
220
228
200
279
294
183
218
350
248
326
226
238
498
All Firearm Possession
257
292
282
261
246
206
291
322

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: Year End Count of Median Days to Disposition by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
106
103
100
97
90
89
204
215
DUI
234
208
231
214
211
223
269
604
104
111
113
111
192
530
843
2,310
61
74
64
66
92
96
154
612
258
250
76
329
236
358
1,453
520
202
219
256
274
192
208
366
232
84
82
84
88
97
100
156
339
316
204
59
321
213
180
110
175
164
145
141
118
132
145
216
429
131
83
58
174
138
133
121
549
All Other Offenses
170
158
180
167
179
182
231
426