Summary Offense Case Length

Year End 12/31/2020

Definitions | Limitations

Summary Offense Case Length is a measure of the number of days between arrest and resolution for a summary offense. 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.

87 days

to Complete

All Summary

Cases

64 days

to Complete

Summary Retail Theft

Cases

100 days

to Complete

Summary Disorderly Conduct

Cases

14,221

Summary Cases Currently Open

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

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
All Property Offenses 106 98 62 77 83 72 72 0% 86 76 -12%
All Drug Offenses 50 61 58 71 91 73 34 -53% 60 66 10%
All Other Offenses 50 56 47 55 82 76 103 36% 52 87 67%
Uncategorized Offenses 80 83 55 70 95 87 126 45% 72 103 43%
All Offenses 77 73 54 69 86 77 87 13% 68 83 22%

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

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Retail Theft 81 54 56 66 48 40 64 60% 64 51 -20%
Theft 68 64 76 74 59 38 312 721% 70 136 94%
Fraud/Theft of Services 109 109 63 80 104 93 702 655% 90 300 233%
Vandalism 68 57 66 91 69 58 53 -9% 70 60 -14%
All Property Offenses 106 98 62 77 83 72 72 0% 86 76 -12%

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

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Alcohol Possession by Minor 57 49 57 70 78 69 34 -51% 58 60 3%
Public Drunkenness 48 75 62 75 98 83 46 -45% 65 76 17%
All Drug Offenses 50 61 58 71 91 73 34 -53% 60 66 10%

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

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Trespass 47 55 49 49 86 80 95 19% 50 87 74%
Disorderly Conduct 65 62 56 80 92 85 100 18% 66 92 39%
Minor Violations (Open Container, Public Urination, Smoking Violation) 47 55 43 48 56 45 1,266 2713% 48 456 850%
All Other Offenses 50 56 47 55 82 76 103 36% 52 87 67%