Phoenix, Arizona – The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has created and launched a new data dashboard on its website at MaricopaCountyAttorney.org/Data. The dashboard contains information about cases for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019. It can be exported and viewed in various formats and is updated every seven days, so information related to those cases remain current.
“If we are to enact meaningful reforms in the criminal justice system, it is important that we understand what is submitted to this office and then filed as it relates to criminal charges in this community,” stated County Attorney Allister Adel. “This dashboard supports my vision for a more transparent process, and the importance of data-driven decision making.”
The information contained in the dashboard includes:
- Cases referred to MCAO by law enforcement
- How MCAO disposed, or handled, the case:
- Filed - A case where the prosecutor found sufficient evidence to file one or more charges with the Court.
- Furthered - A referral where the prosecutor is asking the referring law enforcement agency for additional information before a filing decision can be made.
- Not filed - A referral where the prosecutor does not find sufficient evidence to file a case or the case is recommended to be referred to the City Prosecutor.
- Pre-file - When the prosecutor refers the suspect to a pre-filed Diversion program based on certain criteria previously established by MCAO. If the suspect completes the program, the referral is not filed. If the suspect does not accept or complete the program, the referral is filed.
- Pending (Referrals)- A referral that is still being reviewed by the Prosecutor and no filing decision has been made.
- Dismissed- A filed case where the court grants a dismissal based on the prosecutor or defense motion for various reasons.
- Types of offenses
- Race and gender as submitted by law enforcement
- Referring agencies and precincts (when available)
- Other data related to gang involvement