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MECKLENBURG COUNTY Criminal Justice System. Homicide Task Force March 24, 2006. Presentation Outline. Overview of criminal justice system System components Staffing Funding Case load Challenges and opportunities for growth. Criminal Justice System Components. Law Enforcement Agencies

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mecklenburg county criminal justice system

MECKLENBURG COUNTY Criminal Justice System

Homicide Task Force

March 24, 2006

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Overview of criminal justice system
    • System components
    • Staffing
    • Funding
    • Case load
  • Challenges and opportunities for growth
criminal justice system components
Criminal Justice System Components
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Court Agencies
    • Judges
    • Clerk’s Office
    • Public Defender’s Office
    • District Attorney’s Office
  • District Court – Misdemeanor / Traffic
  • Superior Court – Felonies
sworn law enforcement in mecklenburg county
CMPD 1557

MCSO 325

ABC 12

ALE 15

CMS (School) 16

Cornelius PD 37

DMV (License & Theft) 20

Davidson PD 18

Huntersville PD 60

Johnson C. Smith 6

Matthews PD 55

Metro Special Police 5

Mint Hill PD 25

Pineville PD 37

SBI 25

SHP 33

UNCC 31

Total Sworn Law Enforcement: 2277

Sworn Law Enforcement in Mecklenburg County
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FY06 Funding

Char-Meck Police Department: $155.7 Million

Meck. County Sheriff’s Office: $84.6 Million

offenses reported to cmpd 2005
Offenses Reported to CMPD 2005
  • Total Offenses Reported 54,844
    • Homicide 85
    • Robbery 3,649
    • Burglary 12,783
    • Vehicle Theft 7,098
  • Total Arrests by CMPD 26,741
caseload and staffing
Caseload and Staffing
  • Misdemeanor / Traffic Filings – Approx. 190,000
  • Felony Filings – Approx. 8,000
  • Clerk’s Office – Criminal Division
  • Magistrates – Criminal
  • District Court Judges
  • Superior Court Judges
  • Public Defender
  • District Attorney 36 (Permanent State Funded)

+16 (County Funded , Other)

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district attorney liaison unit
District Attorney Liaison Unit

1 Sergeant and 6 Detectives

  • Manage 800+ cases per month
  • Serve 1600+ subpoenas per month
  • Locate victims/witnesses in and out of state
  • Assist ADA’s with trial exhibits/presentations
  • Investigate criminal cases - perjury, “warrant no issue”
  • Handle Interstate Compacts
  • Oversee about 250 Grand Jury cases weekly
  • Oversee Citizen’s Parole Accountability Committee
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State Overview

National Rankings

North Carolina ranks TOP in the following categories:

  • 1st in the number of criminal filings per 100,000 population
  • 2ndin the gross number of criminal filings
  • 6th in number of felony filings
  • 10th in overall number of court system filings
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State Overview

  • Judicial Branch received $342,924,393 or 1.90% of the General Fund in FY 06
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County Overview

  • Mecklenburg has 9% of the NC population and processes 9% of all court cases
  • Mecklenburg logs 20% of Violent Index Crime and 15% of Property Index Crime
  • At the same time, Mecklenburg receives 6.7% of the Judicial Branch budget
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County Overview

  • The County spends more than twice as much to house pretrial prisoners as the State does to support the criminal courts in Mecklenburg County
county challenges
District Courts – 6

Administrative 2

Trial 4

Total Trial Days– 936

Superior Courts – 4

1 Probation Hearings/Misdemeanor Appeals

1 Administrative

2 Felony Trials

Total – 912 Superior Court Days

County Challenges

Criminal Courts

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Mecklenburg County Impact - Technology

  • Judges do not have access to critical information to make informed decisions
    • Lack access to information on continuances, failures to appear, subpoenas, and payments
  • Court Administrators do not have access to critical information to manage effectively
    • Lack information to organize dockets and measure performance
  • Duplication of effort is common place
  • Paper process leads to delay, errors and lost information
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Mecklenburg County Impact

  • Staff Turnover resulting from non-competitive salaries:
    • In 2005, the staff turnover percentage for Superior Court, District Court and Clerk’s Office was at least double the State average
    • 56% of Clerk of the Superior Court employees resign within 5 years
    • In FY05, the Clerk’s Office had a 16% turnover rate
da staffing comparison
DA Staffing Comparison

Charlotte, NCPortland, Or

Pop. 668,003 545,271

ADA’s 52 86*

Sup. Staff 38 132

Judges 26 38

Judge asst. 4 38

PD’s 40 50

Felony cases

Disposed 8,802 6,287

* Felony only

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Mecklenburg County Impact

  • In 2005, DA staff turnover was 8% higher than the state average
  • The DA’s office has lost 53 Assistant District Attorneys in the last 5 years
challenges to the criminal justice system
Challenges to the Criminal Justice System
  • Inadequate Staffing Levels
  • Staff Turnover
  • Inadequate Court Information System
  • Out-Dated PCs
  • Paperbound System
  • Overloaded Telephone System
  • Limited Case Preparation Time
  • Limited Court Time
funding sources
Funding Sources

State Legislature

County Commission

City Council