Case Outcomes

Year to Date Through 05/26/2022

Definitions | Limitations

A case outcome refers to how the case is resolved in court. Case outcomes include Dismissal or Withdrawal, Diversion, a Guilty verdict, a Guilty plea, or an Acquittal (Not Guilty verdict). Except in the case of Acquittal, any outcome is subject to change through Refile, Reconsideration, or Appeal.

53

Average Diversions

per Month YTD

9%

of Adjudicated

Drug Possession Cases Diverted

64

Days since last

Poss. of Marijuana

Conviction

All Offenses

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The courts have processed very few cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases that were completed during the pandemic were more likely than prior years to be withdrawals and dismissals because those types of outcomes could be easily processed without a court appearance. Many cases that require a court appearance are still pending.

Raw Counts

Data: YTD Case Outcomes by Offense Category

Offense Category Disposition Type 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1,733 1,735 1,810 1,729 1,042 1,447 2,765 91%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 11 6 6 6 12 18 41 128%
Diversion 174 109 102 141 57 54 70 30%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 1,169 1,039 1,153 703 418 375 862 130%
Guilty 374 361 293 224 128 61 232 280%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 268 213 179 182 80 34 199 485%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 22 14 16 15 7 5 13 160%
Open Cases at End of Period 7,350 6,615 5,697 5,852 8,030 11,127 7,939 -29%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1,091 1,145 1,399 1,085 564 833 2,015 142%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 19 13 26 13 18 59 49 -17%
Diversion 478 375 305 218 113 44 56 27%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 1,175 1,181 1,003 587 345 223 419 88%
Guilty 387 361 163 62 30 12 47 292%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 87 60 64 36 11 5 24 380%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 10 4 5 3 4 3 0 -100%
Open Cases at End of Period 5,852 5,248 4,647 4,605 5,460 7,757 5,302 -32%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 781 981 2,010 1,895 918 931 2,775 198%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 140 115 320 78 293 493 278 -44%
Diversion 1,133 950 939 688 444 50 53 6%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 1,837 1,559 1,702 1,314 471 227 878 287%
Guilty 1,026 890 537 197 70 12 99 725%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 129 128 82 67 21 7 33 371%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 99 103 149 64 52 119 44 -63%
Open Cases at End of Period 11,355 10,988 10,843 11,244 11,877 12,942 8,107 -37%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 133 152 228 251 126 310 679 119%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 2 0 0 3 2 -33%
Diversion 10 2 21 27 12 19 4 -79%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 253 278 378 244 144 131 489 273%
Guilty 56 40 24 19 10 7 42 500%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 40 36 24 35 18 9 43 378%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 6 0 4 2 2 2 0 -100%
Open Cases at End of Period 1,260 1,307 1,275 1,340 2,075 4,212 3,026 -28%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 585 720 891 909 371 309 1,453 370%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 30 30 40 35 24 13 47 262%
Diversion 656 498 445 366 200 42 28 -33%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 673 615 536 500 229 79 256 224%
Guilty 406 402 178 108 64 6 75 1150%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 127 223 163 79 43 8 101 1162%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 41 17 21 40 28 31 21 -32%
Open Cases at End of Period 5,007 4,491 4,029 3,600 3,686 5,168 4,166 -19%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 304 309 303 298 208 235 507 116%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 8 6 6 4 1 17 53 212%
Diversion 76 67 47 75 43 9 8 -11%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 235 241 226 182 107 80 179 124%
Guilty 109 95 57 31 22 4 31 675%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 68 43 32 16 16 9 33 267%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 9 6 305 5 3 2 7 250%
Open Cases at End of Period 1,959 1,772 1,343 1,275 1,580 2,066 1,388 -33%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 4,627 5,042 6,641 6,167 3,229 4,065 10,194 151%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 208 170 400 136 348 603 470 -22%
Diversion 2,527 2,001 1,859 1,515 869 218 219 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 5,342 4,913 4,998 3,530 1,714 1,115 3,083 177%
Guilty 2,358 2,149 1,252 641 324 102 526 416%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 719 703 544 415 189 72 433 501%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 187 144 500 129 96 162 85 -48%
Open Cases at End of Period 32,783 30,421 27,834 27,916 32,708 43,272 29,928 -31%
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.

Rates

Data: YTD Case Outcomes by Offense Category
Offense Category Disposition Type 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 46% 50% 51% 58% 60% 73% 66% -10%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 1% 1% 0%
Diversion 5% 3% 3% 5% 3% 3% 2% -33%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 31% 30% 32% 23% 24% 19% 21% 11%
Guilty 10% 10% 8% 7% 7% 3% 6% 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 7% 6% 5% 6% 5% 2% 5% 150%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 34% 36% 47% 54% 52% 71% 77% 8%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 0% 1% 1% 2% 5% 2% -60%
Diversion 15% 12% 10% 11% 10% 4% 2% -50%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 36% 38% 34% 29% 32% 19% 16% -16%
Guilty 12% 12% 5% 3% 3% 1% 2% 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 3% 2% 2% 2% 1% 0% 1% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 15% 21% 35% 44% 40% 51% 67% 31%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 3% 2% 6% 2% 13% 27% 7% -74%
Diversion 22% 20% 16% 16% 20% 3% 1% -67%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 36% 33% 30% 31% 21% 12% 21% 75%
Guilty 20% 19% 9% 5% 3% 1% 2% 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 3% 3% 1% 2% 1% 0% 1% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 2% 2% 3% 1% 2% 6% 1% -83%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 27% 30% 33% 43% 40% 64% 54% -16%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% -100%
Diversion 2% 0% 3% 5% 4% 4% 0% -100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 51% 55% 56% 42% 46% 27% 39% 44%
Guilty 11% 8% 4% 3% 3% 1% 3% 200%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 8% 7% 4% 6% 6% 2% 3% 50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 0% 1% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 23% 29% 39% 45% 39% 63% 73% 16%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 1% 2% 2% 3% 3% 2% -33%
Diversion 26% 20% 20% 18% 21% 9% 1% -89%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 27% 25% 24% 25% 24% 16% 13% -19%
Guilty 16% 16% 8% 5% 7% 1% 4% 300%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 5% 9% 7% 4% 4% 2% 5% 150%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 2% 1% 1% 2% 3% 6% 1% -83%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 38% 40% 31% 49% 52% 66% 62% -6%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 5% 6% 20%
Diversion 9% 9% 5% 12% 11% 3% 1% -67%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 29% 31% 23% 30% 27% 22% 22% 0%
Guilty 13% 12% 6% 5% 6% 1% 4% 300%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 8% 6% 3% 3% 4% 3% 4% 33%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 1% 31% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 29% 33% 41% 49% 48% 64% 68% 6%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 1% 2% 1% 5% 10% 3% -70%
Diversion 16% 13% 11% 12% 13% 3% 1% -67%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 33% 32% 31% 28% 25% 18% 21% 17%
Guilty 15% 14% 8% 5% 5% 2% 4% 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 5% 5% 3% 3% 3% 1% 3% 200%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 1% 3% 1% 1% 3% 1% -67%
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 courts have processed very few cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases that were completed during the pandemic were more likely than prior years to be withdrawals and dismissals because those types of outcomes could be easily processed without a court appearance. Many cases that require a court appearance are still pending.

Raw Counts

Data: YTD Case Outcomes by Offense Category

Offense Category Disposition Type 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1 1 0 6 1 8 8 0%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Diversion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 4 11 21 13 17 18 27 50%
Guilty 1 18 12 7 7 4 13 225%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 0 0 4 2 3 1 6 500%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 109 126 119 182 269 427 389 -9%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 6 3 1 2 0 1 3 200%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Diversion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 49 35 23 30 11 15 30 100%
Guilty 27 15 11 19 1 5 11 120%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 9 7 4 5 0 0 2 Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1 1 4 5 4 2 3 50%
Open Cases at End of Period 369 271 253 222 217 224 177 -21%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 24 16 22 11 20 30 29 -3%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Diversion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 41 30 36 19 3 15 15 0%
Guilty 27 21 14 4 4 3 4 33%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 24 11 2 17 3 2 1 -50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 350 230 181 159 331 378 288 -24%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 10 18 26 33 6 38 97 155%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Diversion 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 22 47 56 36 29 34 60 76%
Guilty 10 22 10 18 3 11 18 64%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1 4 8 10 3 2 11 450%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 306 335 313 352 506 785 675 -14%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 26 32 50 32 11 33 41 24%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Diversion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 29 41 53 37 22 26 59 127%
Guilty 15 20 24 20 12 2 16 700%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 7 9 6 12 6 3 11 267%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 424 406 383 373 459 595 497 -16%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 125 91 115 138 56 86 162 88%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0%
Diversion 0 0 3 1 0 4 1 -75%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 190 167 207 72 59 51 64 25%
Guilty 32 20 11 6 1 4 7 75%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 17 11 9 5 2 3 5 67%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 969 819 566 440 629 791 547 -31%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 123 170 164 123 102 104 165 59%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 -100%
Diversion 8 2 2 4 1 1 4 300%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 121 92 113 71 36 30 53 77%
Guilty 15 19 15 4 2 4 5 25%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 10 2 4 5 0 2 1 -50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 385 378 339 321 477 533 325 -39%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 920 724 676 679 392 699 1,031 47%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 5 3 1 2 3 1 4 300%
Diversion 27 19 26 35 16 6 5 -17%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 440 378 407 236 126 105 326 210%
Guilty 121 115 98 61 38 13 66 408%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 120 88 57 57 28 9 49 444%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1 1 3 3 3 0 1 Inf%
Open Cases at End of Period 2,872 2,406 1,976 2,077 2,669 3,805 2,696 -29%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 0 60 98 104 81 154 109 -29%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0%
Diversion 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 0 6 14 19 15 7 30 329%
Guilty 0 0 2 5 4 1 4 300%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 0 1 1 4 1 0 6 Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 0 74 109 114 282 251 193 -23%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 309 340 345 365 193 116 484 317%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 3 1 4 2 3 10 18 80%
Diversion 97 64 50 64 27 29 34 17%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 95 83 68 46 33 15 52 247%
Guilty 58 47 37 37 25 1 36 3500%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 46 44 45 39 13 5 48 860%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 12 8 6 4 0 1 6 500%
Open Cases at End of Period 632 663 564 648 863 1,294 740 -43%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 9 6 11 9 6 7 48 586%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0%
Diversion 4 3 0 0 1 0 0 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 21 11 12 2 3 1 6 500%
Guilty 12 2 2 2 4 0 3 Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 4 4 2 0 2 0 1 Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 61 50 49 55 57 88 69 -22%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 22 23 33 20 18 34 26 -24%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Diversion 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 -100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 49 45 41 50 20 26 55 112%
Guilty 2 16 15 17 10 8 16 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 4 9 5 9 3 4 6 50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 243 240 281 273 318 446 366 -18%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 6 13 10 11 4 18 20 11%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Diversion 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 4 11 12 12 7 6 14 133%
Guilty 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 54 48 39 52 78 131 92 -30%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 20 28 22 18 14 33 62 88%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Diversion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 22 31 31 12 7 13 27 108%
Guilty 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2 1 0 2 3 1 1 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 114 132 105 108 150 152 132 -13%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 132 210 237 178 138 86 480 458%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 2 1 1 2 5 4 17 325%
Diversion 37 21 19 34 11 13 23 77%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 82 51 59 48 30 13 44 238%
Guilty 53 42 41 21 14 3 31 933%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 24 22 31 15 13 2 51 2450%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 3 0 1 2 0 2 3 50%
Open Cases at End of Period 462 437 420 476 725 1,227 753 -39%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1,733 1,735 1,810 1,729 1,042 1,447 2,765 91%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 11 6 6 6 12 18 41 128%
Diversion 174 109 102 141 57 54 70 30%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 1,169 1,039 1,153 703 418 375 862 130%
Guilty 374 361 293 224 128 61 232 280%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 268 213 179 182 80 34 199 485%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 22 14 16 15 7 5 13 160%
Open Cases at End of Period 7,350 6,615 5,697 5,852 8,030 11,127 7,939 -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.

Rates

Data: YTD Case Outcomes by Offense Category
Offense Category Disposition Type 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 17% 3% 0% 21% 4% 26% 15% -42%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 67% 37% 57% 46% 61% 58% 50% -14%
Guilty 17% 60% 32% 25% 25% 13% 24% 85%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 0% 0% 11% 7% 11% 3% 11% 267%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 7% 5% 2% 3% 0% 4% 6% 50%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 53% 57% 53% 49% 69% 65% 61% -6%
Guilty 29% 25% 26% 31% 6% 22% 22% 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 10% 11% 9% 8% 0% 0% 4% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 2% 9% 8% 25% 9% 6% -33%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 21% 21% 29% 22% 67% 60% 59% -2%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 35% 38% 48% 37% 10% 30% 31% 3%
Guilty 23% 27% 19% 8% 13% 6% 8% 33%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 21% 14% 3% 33% 10% 4% 2% -50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 23% 20% 26% 34% 15% 45% 52% 16%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 1% Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 51% 52% 56% 37% 71% 40% 32% -20%
Guilty 23% 24% 10% 18% 7% 13% 10% -23%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2% 4% 8% 10% 7% 2% 6% 200%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 34% 31% 38% 32% 22% 52% 32% -38%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 38% 40% 40% 37% 43% 41% 46% 12%
Guilty 19% 20% 18% 20% 24% 3% 13% 333%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 9% 9% 5% 12% 12% 5% 9% 80%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 34% 31% 33% 62% 47% 58% 68% 17%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% -100%
Diversion 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 3% 0% -100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 52% 58% 60% 32% 50% 34% 27% -21%
Guilty 9% 7% 3% 3% 1% 3% 3% 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 5% 4% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 44% 59% 55% 59% 72% 73% 72% -1%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% -100%
Diversion 3% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2% 100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 44% 32% 38% 34% 26% 21% 23% 10%
Guilty 5% 7% 5% 2% 1% 3% 2% -33%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 4% 1% 1% 2% 0% 1% 0% -100%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 56% 55% 53% 63% 65% 84% 70% -17%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 2% 1% 2% 3% 3% 1% 0% -100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 27% 28% 32% 22% 21% 13% 22% 69%
Guilty 7% 9% 8% 6% 6% 2% 4% 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 7% 7% 4% 5% 5% 1% 3% 200%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 0% 90% 85% 78% 79% 95% 72% -24%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 0% 9% 12% 14% 15% 4% 20% 400%
Guilty 0% 0% 2% 4% 4% 1% 3% 200%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 0% 1% 1% 3% 1% 0% 4% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 50% 58% 62% 66% 66% 66% 71% 8%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 1% 0% 1% 6% 3% -50%
Diversion 16% 11% 9% 11% 9% 16% 5% -69%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 15% 14% 12% 8% 11% 8% 8% 0%
Guilty 9% 8% 7% 7% 9% 1% 5% 400%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 7% 7% 8% 7% 4% 3% 7% 133%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 2% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1% 1% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 17% 22% 39% 69% 38% 78% 81% 4%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 2% 0% 0% 0% 0% 11% 2% -82%
Diversion 7% 11% 0% 0% 6% 0% 0% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 39% 41% 43% 15% 19% 11% 10% -9%
Guilty 22% 7% 7% 15% 25% 0% 5% Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 7% 15% 7% 0% 12% 0% 2% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 6% 4% 4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 28% 24% 35% 20% 35% 47% 25% -47%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 1% 0% 1% 2% 2% 1% 0% -100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 62% 48% 43% 51% 38% 36% 53% 47%
Guilty 3% 17% 16% 17% 19% 11% 16% 45%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 5% 10% 5% 9% 6% 5% 6% 20%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 60% 50% 42% 44% 33% 75% 59% -21%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 0% 0% 4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 40% 42% 50% 48% 58% 25% 41% 64%
Guilty 0% 8% 0% 8% 8% 0% 0% 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 0% 0% 4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 44% 45% 41% 55% 54% 67% 67% 0%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 49% 50% 57% 36% 27% 27% 29% 7%
Guilty 2% 3% 2% 3% 8% 4% 2% -50%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 4% 2% 0% 6% 12% 2% 1% -50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 40% 61% 61% 59% 65% 70% 74% 6%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 0% 0% 1% 2% 3% 3% 0%
Diversion 11% 6% 5% 11% 5% 11% 4% -64%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 25% 15% 15% 16% 14% 11% 7% -36%
Guilty 16% 12% 11% 7% 7% 2% 5% 150%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 7% 6% 8% 5% 6% 2% 8% 300%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 0% 0% 1% 0% 2% 0% -100%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 46% 50% 51% 58% 60% 73% 66% -10%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 1% 1% 0%
Diversion 5% 3% 3% 5% 3% 3% 2% -33%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 31% 30% 32% 23% 24% 19% 21% 11%
Guilty 10% 10% 8% 7% 7% 3% 6% 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 7% 6% 5% 6% 5% 2% 5% 150%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
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 courts have processed very few cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases that were completed during the pandemic were more likely than prior years to be withdrawals and dismissals because those types of outcomes could be easily processed without a court appearance. Many cases that require a court appearance are still pending.

Raw Counts

Data: YTD Case Outcomes by Offense Category

Offense Category Disposition Type 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 159 122 201 159 77 203 303 49%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0%
Diversion 13 4 7 3 6 0 4 Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 137 175 172 113 43 63 84 33%
Guilty 29 23 11 5 5 4 13 225%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 16 10 12 0 2 0 8 Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 743 700 528 576 873 1,135 830 -27%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 13 28 54 49 28 84 241 187%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Inf%
Diversion 4 5 1 1 1 1 0 -100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 108 92 68 75 44 41 56 37%
Guilty 7 2 2 3 1 0 1 Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1 1 1 3 0 2 0 -100%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 256 321 316 261 367 1,241 476 -62%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 188 252 273 297 167 133 462 247%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 4 6 2 4 8 18 18 0%
Diversion 144 125 116 86 41 25 28 12%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 213 328 212 144 119 46 86 87%
Guilty 78 100 44 25 10 2 6 200%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 30 18 20 15 6 2 7 250%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 -100%
Open Cases at End of Period 1,358 1,177 1,268 1,411 1,456 1,815 1,308 -28%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 329 395 404 101 45 52 172 231%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 3 5 17 2 4 26 10 -62%
Diversion 187 156 90 18 17 1 4 300%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 292 256 197 36 15 12 32 167%
Guilty 204 144 65 4 2 0 2 Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 1,425 1,260 758 475 456 462 345 -25%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 13 20 36 27 17 11 40 264%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 -100%
Diversion 9 7 8 11 3 1 1 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 18 13 34 16 10 6 5 -17%
Guilty 12 12 3 5 1 0 0 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 71 104 122 102 150 192 86 -55%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 177 149 189 229 119 173 493 185%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 3 2 4 1 1 4 7 75%
Diversion 41 16 19 36 13 5 6 20%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 175 155 148 96 50 26 70 169%
Guilty 16 27 17 6 4 4 10 150%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 12 11 15 8 2 0 4 Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 -100%
Open Cases at End of Period 896 709 657 756 951 1,488 1,153 -23%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 50 52 60 53 22 27 55 104%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0%
Diversion 38 38 33 34 20 7 7 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 102 83 70 39 25 12 30 150%
Guilty 11 14 4 2 1 0 1 Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 4 5 0 2 0 0 2 Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 472 392 383 351 388 468 357 -24%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 51 75 83 99 60 99 136 37%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 2 0 0 2 3 2 8 300%
Diversion 13 9 11 15 8 0 2 Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 36 51 72 33 27 13 36 177%
Guilty 16 19 6 5 1 1 7 600%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 8 4 2 2 1 1 1 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 351 327 307 402 550 582 445 -24%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 30 48 92 63 28 48 93 94%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 4 0 2 1 1 1 2 100%
Diversion 25 14 13 14 4 4 4 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 45 25 25 31 10 3 14 367%
Guilty 11 19 9 7 5 1 6 500%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2 6 12 5 0 0 2 Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 239 211 257 236 237 315 260 -17%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 81 4 7 8 1 3 20 567%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 -100%
Diversion 4 1 7 0 0 0 0 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 49 3 5 4 2 1 6 500%
Guilty 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 41 47 51 35 32 59 42 -29%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1,091 1,145 1,399 1,085 564 833 2,015 142%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 19 13 26 13 18 59 49 -17%
Diversion 478 375 305 218 113 44 56 27%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 1,175 1,181 1,003 587 345 223 419 88%
Guilty 387 361 163 62 30 12 47 292%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 87 60 64 36 11 5 24 380%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 10 4 5 3 4 3 0 -100%
Open Cases at End of Period 5,852 5,248 4,647 4,605 5,460 7,757 5,302 -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.

Rates

Data: YTD Case Outcomes by Offense Category
Offense Category Disposition Type 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 45% 37% 50% 57% 57% 75% 74% -1%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 4% 1% 2% 1% 4% 0% 1% Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 39% 52% 42% 40% 32% 23% 20% -13%
Guilty 8% 7% 3% 2% 4% 1% 3% 200%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 5% 3% 3% 0% 1% 0% 2% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 10% 22% 43% 37% 38% 66% 80% 21%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% Inf%
Diversion 3% 4% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% -100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 81% 72% 54% 57% 59% 32% 19% -41%
Guilty 5% 2% 2% 2% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1% 1% 1% 2% 0% 2% 0% -100%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 29% 30% 41% 52% 47% 58% 76% 31%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 1% 0% 1% 2% 8% 3% -62%
Diversion 22% 15% 17% 15% 12% 11% 5% -55%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 32% 40% 32% 25% 34% 20% 14% -30%
Guilty 12% 12% 7% 4% 3% 1% 1% 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 5% 2% 3% 3% 2% 1% 1% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% -100%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 32% 41% 52% 63% 54% 57% 78% 37%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 1% 2% 1% 5% 29% 5% -83%
Diversion 18% 16% 12% 11% 20% 1% 2% 100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 28% 27% 25% 22% 18% 13% 15% 15%
Guilty 20% 15% 8% 2% 2% 0% 1% Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 24% 38% 44% 45% 55% 48% 87% 81%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 22% 0% -100%
Diversion 16% 13% 10% 18% 10% 4% 2% -50%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 33% 25% 41% 27% 32% 26% 11% -58%
Guilty 22% 23% 4% 8% 3% 0% 0% 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 5% 2% 1% 2% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 41% 41% 48% 61% 63% 81% 84% 4%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 1% 1% 0% 1% 2% 1% -50%
Diversion 10% 4% 5% 10% 7% 2% 1% -50%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 41% 43% 38% 26% 26% 12% 12% 0%
Guilty 4% 7% 4% 2% 2% 2% 2% 0%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 3% 3% 4% 2% 1% 0% 1% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 24% 27% 36% 40% 32% 57% 57% 0%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 0% 0% 2% 0% 2% 1% -50%
Diversion 18% 20% 20% 26% 29% 15% 7% -53%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 49% 43% 42% 30% 37% 26% 31% 19%
Guilty 5% 7% 2% 2% 1% 0% 1% Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2% 3% 0% 2% 0% 0% 2% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 40% 47% 47% 63% 60% 85% 72% -15%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 2% 0% 0% 1% 3% 2% 4% 100%
Diversion 10% 6% 6% 10% 8% 0% 1% Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 28% 32% 41% 21% 27% 11% 19% 73%
Guilty 13% 12% 3% 3% 1% 1% 4% 300%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 6% 3% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 25% 42% 60% 52% 57% 84% 77% -8%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 3% 0% 1% 1% 2% 2% 2% 0%
Diversion 21% 12% 8% 11% 8% 7% 3% -57%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 38% 22% 16% 25% 20% 5% 12% 140%
Guilty 9% 17% 6% 6% 10% 2% 5% 150%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2% 5% 8% 4% 0% 0% 2% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 2% 1% 0% 1% 2% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 58% 44% 30% 62% 33% 50% 74% 48%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 0% 0% 8% 0% 33% 0% -100%
Diversion 3% 11% 30% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 35% 33% 22% 31% 67% 17% 22% 29%
Guilty 2% 11% 9% 0% 0% 0% 4% Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1% 0% 4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 34% 36% 47% 54% 52% 71% 77% 8%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 0% 1% 1% 2% 5% 2% -60%
Diversion 15% 12% 10% 11% 10% 4% 2% -50%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 36% 38% 34% 29% 32% 19% 16% -16%
Guilty 12% 12% 5% 3% 3% 1% 2% 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 3% 2% 2% 2% 1% 0% 1% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
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 courts have processed very few cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases that were completed during the pandemic were more likely than prior years to be withdrawals and dismissals because those types of outcomes could be easily processed without a court appearance. Many cases that require a court appearance are still pending.

Raw Counts

Data: YTD Case Outcomes by Offense Category

Offense Category Disposition Type 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 38 25 72 55 24 57 164 188%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0%
Diversion 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 106 87 109 70 32 25 133 432%
Guilty 16 20 7 9 3 5 10 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 8 9 6 3 3 2 5 150%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1 7 1 5 1 2 3 50%
Open Cases at End of Period 510 458 377 400 552 1,006 601 -40%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 445 535 926 985 424 501 1,419 183%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 25 21 12 10 17 25 49 96%
Diversion 40 26 54 87 46 20 19 -5%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 1,230 996 1,078 809 363 180 656 264%
Guilty 246 199 103 76 27 5 67 1240%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 90 78 45 47 16 4 25 525%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 61 54 72 35 29 62 33 -47%
Open Cases at End of Period 5,707 5,473 5,116 4,984 5,638 7,537 4,857 -36%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 291 413 1,005 849 457 355 1,170 230%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 115 94 308 67 275 468 229 -51%
Diversion 1,092 924 884 599 397 30 33 10%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 486 458 510 428 71 13 81 523%
Guilty 761 670 426 112 40 2 20 900%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 30 40 31 17 2 1 1 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 37 42 76 24 22 55 8 -85%
Open Cases at End of Period 5,089 5,018 5,333 5,817 5,616 4,327 2,604 -40%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 7 8 7 6 13 18 22 22%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Diversion 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 15 18 5 7 5 9 8 -11%
Guilty 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Open Cases at End of Period 49 39 17 43 71 72 45 -38%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 781 981 2,010 1,895 918 931 2,775 198%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 140 115 320 78 293 493 278 -44%
Diversion 1,133 950 939 688 444 50 53 6%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 1,837 1,559 1,702 1,314 471 227 878 287%
Guilty 1,026 890 537 197 70 12 99 725%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 129 128 82 67 21 7 33 371%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 99 103 149 64 52 119 44 -63%
Open Cases at End of Period 11,355 10,988 10,843 11,244 11,877 12,942 8,107 -37%
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.

Rates

Data: YTD Case Outcomes by Offense Category
Offense Category Disposition Type 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 22% 17% 37% 38% 38% 63% 52% -17%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 1% 2% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 63% 59% 56% 49% 50% 27% 42% 56%
Guilty 9% 14% 4% 6% 5% 5% 3% -40%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 5% 6% 3% 2% 5% 2% 2% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 5% 1% 3% 2% 2% 1% -50%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 21% 28% 40% 48% 46% 63% 63% 0%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 1% 1% 1% 0% 2% 3% 2% -33%
Diversion 2% 1% 2% 4% 5% 3% 1% -67%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 58% 52% 47% 39% 39% 23% 29% 26%
Guilty 12% 10% 4% 4% 3% 1% 3% 200%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 4% 4% 2% 2% 2% 1% 1% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 3% 3% 3% 2% 3% 8% 1% -88%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 10% 16% 31% 41% 36% 38% 76% 100%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 4% 4% 10% 3% 22% 51% 15% -71%
Diversion 39% 35% 27% 29% 31% 3% 2% -33%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 17% 17% 16% 20% 6% 1% 5% 400%
Guilty 27% 25% 13% 5% 3% 0% 1% Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1% 2% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 1% 2% 2% 1% 2% 6% 1% -83%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 26% 29% 54% 40% 68% 67% 63% -6%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Diversion 4% 0% 0% 13% 5% 0% 3% Inf%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 56% 64% 38% 47% 26% 33% 23% -30%
Guilty 11% 4% 8% 0% 0% 0% 6% Inf%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 4% 4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 6% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 15% 21% 35% 44% 40% 51% 67% 31%
Withdrawn in the Interest of Justice 3% 2% 6% 2% 13% 27% 7% -74%
Diversion 22% 20% 16% 16% 20% 3% 1% -67%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 36% 33% 30% 31% 21% 12% 21% 75%
Guilty 20% 19% 9% 5% 3% 1% 2% 100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 3% 3% 1% 2% 1% 0% 1% Inf%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 2% 2% 3% 1% 2% 6% 1% -83%
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 courts have processed very few cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases that were completed during the pandemic were more likely than prior years to be withdrawals and dismissals because those types of outcomes could be easily processed without a court appearance. Many cases that require a court appearance are still pending.