District Attorney George Gascón Launches DA Stat
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2019
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DA GASCÓN LAUNCHES “DA STAT” - California’S 1st PUBLIC PORTAL FOR PROSECUTOR data
Portal Provides Publicly Accessible Statistics Regarding SFDA Prosecution Rates, Incoming Caseload & Trial Statistics
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced the first portal for the public to view prosecutorial metrics in the State of California, “DA Stat.”
“Every day you’re making decisions without data is a day you’re not making the best decisions,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Sharing performance metrics is as much about transparency, good governance and accountability as it is about being an effective manager. Government cannot make the best use of taxpayer resources and effectively manage our most important institutions on a hunch.”
Upon taking office in 2011, DA Gascón made using data to make decisions an immediate focus. He advanced a major initiative to enhance data collection efforts in the office and to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Since then, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (SFDA) has become one of the most renowned data-driven prosecutors' offices in the United States.
In February 2013, District Attorney George Gascón launched a data-based tool modeled after COMPSTAT, to inform operational decision making. Through this tool, SFDA examines criminal case processing in a comprehensive manner. During monthly internal review sessions, this tool provides managing attorneys and executive staff case processing data to assess prosecutorial decisions, workload, resource allocation, and outcomes.
Through this internal effort, the office has significantly improved the quality and quantity of data available. As a result, SFDA now has a number of reliable datasets that go back as far as 2011. In furtherance of DA Gascón’s commitment to accountability and transparency in the criminal justice system, today SFDA will begin publicly sharing metrics dating back to 2011 with the community we serve. The dashboards and underlying datasets are updated on a monthly basis. As we are able to automate the reporting of additional metrics, we will add new dashboards.
DA Stat is built on a commitment to data collection within the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, collaboration across local criminal justice agencies, and statistical analysis that generates meaningful operational metrics. As stewards of the public trust and guardians of the constitution and the criminal justice system, SFDA is committed to public accountability and transparency.
DA Stat is available to the public online at www.sfdistrictattorney.org/DAStat.