Summary Offense Charges

Year to Date Through 05/26/2022

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Summary Offenses may be charged directly by the police or by the DAO’s Charging Unit.

  22%

867 Cases

All Offenses

  6%

548 Cases

Property Offenses

  -100%

0 Cases

Drug Offenses

  68%

168 Cases

Other Offenses

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. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Summary Cases Opened by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
All Property Offenses 2,882 2,601 2,782 2,251 960 517 548 6%
All Drug Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 -100%
All Other Offenses 1,270 587 437 308 128 100 168 68%
Uncategorized Offenses 1,951 611 396 293 117 91 151 66%
All Offenses 6,103 3,799 3,615 2,852 1,205 711 867 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.

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. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Summary Cases Opened by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Retail Theft 731 578 929 919 783 328 352 7%
Theft 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 -100%
Theft of Services 978 905 1,276 900 24 27 49 81%
Trespass 1,034 1,050 508 398 120 143 116 -19%
Criminal Mischief 82 45 64 34 33 18 31 72%
Other Property Crimes 57 23 2 0 0 0 0 0%
All Property Offenses 2,882 2,601 2,782 2,251 960 517 548 6%
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. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Summary Cases Opened by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Drug Possession 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 -100%
All Drug Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 -100%
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. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Summary Cases Opened by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Disorderly Conduct 825 374 258 164 73 43 60 40%
Alcohol Possession by Minor 189 142 144 122 55 53 99 87%
Public Drunkenness 247 67 33 18 0 4 9 125%
Illegal Dumping/Littering 9 4 2 4 0 0 0 0%
All Other Offenses 1,270 587 437 308 128 100 168 68%
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.