This dashboard of criminal cases is another aspect of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office commitment to transparency. Each page contains a chart showing case totals by year, as well as breakdowns by race and gender. The charts also reveal charging decisions, including the decision not to charge a case.1 Other visuals are page-specific (see “Table of Contents”).
When will this data be updated?
The dashboard is updated nightly. Therefore, the information is never more than 24 hours old.
Race and Gender
Race and gender data is collected and submitted by law enforcement. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office does not collect this information.
Because the case information is updated nightly, it has a noteworthy impact on post-charge diversion cases (see “Charging Decision Glossary”). Post-charge diversion cases are initially marked as charged and are counted as charged cases until a diversion agreement is entered in court. Because that process can take six months or more, cases from previous years regularly move from charged to diverted. Therefore, diversion cases are significantly undercounted, and charged cases significantly overcounted, in the most recent two years.
Offense types (used in the division pages) are internal case categories utilized by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Offense categories (used in the map) are different. (see “Table of Contents”).
1Appeals cases are the exception. They are broken down by appeal type.