Summary Offense Charges

Year End 12/31/2021

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

  3%

2,159 Cases

All Offenses

  -13%

1,412 Cases

Property Offenses

  0

3 Cases

Drug Offenses

  54%

436 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: Year End Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
All Property Offenses 10,065 7,783 7,316 6,804 7,100 4,388 1,632 1,412 -13% 7,992 3,633 -55%
All Drug Offenses 0 0 1 15 0 14 0 3 Inf% 4 4 0%
All Other Offenses 4,260 3,499 2,296 1,439 1,175 821 283 436 54% 2,874 679 -76%
Uncategorized Offenses 15,424 14,033 3,418 1,562 1,053 617 172 308 79% 8,609 538 -94%
All Offenses 29,749 25,315 13,031 9,820 9,328 5,840 2,087 2,159 3% 19,479 4,854 -75%
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: Year End Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Retail Theft 1,993 1,799 1,682 1,393 2,350 2,471 1,281 874 -32% 1,717 1,744 2%
Theft 1 1 2 0 9 2 1 5 400% 1 4 300%
Theft of Services 4,730 2,757 2,556 2,901 3,482 951 33 129 291% 3,236 1,149 -64%
Trespass 2,648 2,795 2,762 2,351 1,115 861 243 339 40% 2,639 640 -76%
Criminal Mischief 272 212 189 114 132 102 74 65 -12% 197 93 -53%
Other Property Crimes 421 219 125 45 12 1 0 0 0% 202 3 -99%
All Property Offenses 10,065 7,783 7,316 6,804 7,100 4,388 1,632 1,412 -13% 7,992 3,633 -55%
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: Year End Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Drug Possession 0 0 1 15 0 14 0 3 Inf% 4 4 0%
All Drug Offenses 0 0 1 15 0 14 0 3 Inf% 4 4 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.

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: Year End Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Disorderly Conduct 2,696 2,255 1,541 851 600 378 121 122 1% 1,836 305 -83%
Alcohol Possession by Minor 972 629 369 448 489 413 161 296 84% 604 340 -44%
Public Drunkenness 592 615 386 140 86 30 1 18 1700% 433 34 -92%
All Other Offenses 4,260 3,499 2,296 1,439 1,175 821 283 436 54% 2,874 679 -76%
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.