Incoming Caseload

Once the District Attorney's Office takes action to prosecute a case, whether by filing new charges or filing a motion to revoke probation, the case will be assigned to the appropriate unit and to a prosecutor within that unit. The incoming caseload is determined by both the volume of arrests presented by law enforcement, and the rate at which the SFDA prosecutes those cases. The volume and the makeup of the caseload is also shaped by larger trends in criminal justice, such as the passage of local and state legislation. Cases remain on a prosecutor's caseload until they are resolved, whether through a negotiated disposition, dismissal, or trial. At the point of filing a complaint, SFDA prosecutors categorize each case by the crime type, reflecting the most serious charge on the case. To better reflect the work, crime type categorizations have changed and been added over time. For example, in 2014, SFDA transformed the Child Abuse category into two distinct categories: Child Physical Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse. Similarly, in 2014, the office began categorizing the various crimes under the Domestic Violence umbrella by their specific type, which for the most part include, Assault, Threats, and Stalking. More information can be found in the DA Stat Dashboard Codebook.

Dashboard Legend

Date Parameter

Arrest Date: Felony and misdemeanor filings are categorized by the arrest date.

Filing Date: Motions to revoke probation or mandatory supervision (categorized under "MTR") are categorized by the filing date.

Unit of Measurement Court Number: The unique combination of a defendant and criminal incident, which may include one or more criminal charges.
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Felony: Count of felony court numbers filed with new charges by arrest date.

Misdemeanor: Count of all misdemeanor court numbers filed with new charges by arrest date. Note that this count includes filings based on both custodial and cited misdemeanors.

MTR: Count of all motions to revoke probation and mandatory supervision by filing date. This data is only available starting in 2014.

Total Incoming: Combined count of all felony, misdemeanor, and MTR court numbers prosecuted.

Filters

Case Type: Felony filing; misdemeanor filing; or, MTR—motion to revoke probation or mandatory supervision filing.

Year: The year that the arrest or MTR filing occurred. By clicking the triangle to the left of the year, you may also filter by quater, month, or day within a given year.

Crime Type: The crime type assigned at the point of filing, reflecting the most serious charge on the case. To better reflect the work, crime type categorizations have changed and been added over time. For example, in 2013, we created two categories for Robbery: 1st Degree & 2nd Degree.

Historical Prosecution Data

The SFDA's internal systems include reliable data dating back to 2011, which is used to populate the DA Stat Dashboards. Statistics available from the California Department of Justice and the San Francisco Superior Court provide the following picture of San Francisco's felony arrests and felony filings dating back to 1992.

 

*As the statistics are calculated from different sources, there may be discrepancies between this chart and the DA Stat Dashboards.


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