County Attorney's Office
Adult Prosecution Data

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Our Pretrial Justice division screens cases presented by law enforcement to determine whether charges are supported by evidence and whether people are eligible for alternatives to justice system involvement. This process addresses accountability while, when appropriate, avoiding the barriers a conviction creates to housing, jobs, education, and other needs.
Important information about the data:
  • Data shown is from 2017 to present, updated quarterly.
  • Use filters to narrow data by date, race, age and/or gender.
  • Some referred cases are still pending review.
  • Data primarily includes felony-level cases. With a few exceptions, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases are prosecuted by city attorney offices.
  • Data is based on the lead charge in the case, both for referrals and charges issued.
  • Age data is based on age at date of incident.
  • Race data is based on information provided in the referral and may be updated if we receive new information.

Referral Data

Referral data reflects incidents referred to us by law enforcement based on the charge they believe is supported by the evidence they present. If the case is charged by our office, the charge may or may not be the same as the referral charge. Referral data should not be confused with crime data; many crimes that are reported never get referred to a prosecuting attorney due to lack of available evidence.

Charging Data

Charging data reflects cases by the lead charge filed by our office with the court (there may be multiple charges per case, and lead charge is “Count 1”). Prosecutors are guided by the law and professional standards in filing charges. 
Prosecutors will file charges if they reasonably believe:
  • The charges are supported by probable cause.
  • There is sufficient admissible evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • The decision to charge is in the interests of justice.
In appropriate situations, we do our best to provide people second chances by giving them an opportunity to resolve their case without going to court. This recognizes the collateral consequences of a criminal record and the barriers it creates to housing, jobs, education, and other aspects of a person’s life.

Comparing Referral and Charging Data

Both referral and charging data are provided to give a sense of the relationship between the two, but the comparison should not be considered a precise “charging rate”. Cases are processed over time and referrals and their corresponding charges may occur during different time periods. Comparisons can also be complicated by pre- and post-charge diversion and transfers to other jurisdictions.
In addition, charging rates are not a measure of effectiveness; there are many variables involved, and justice cannot be measured simply by a charging rate. Professional standards require that prosecutors pursue charges of appropriate severity and exercise discretion to not pursue criminal charges in appropriate circumstances, as “ministers of justice”. For a historical perspective, approximate charging rates since 2009 are available here.