Friday, January 7, 2011

Plea deals - initial results are in!

I was going to wait until the end of the month to see how the plea stats are, but then I wondered why. No reason, eh?

So, here's what we have for this week:

Probation: 12 cases
Jail: 13 cases

So, that means we disposed of 25 felony cases this week. I think the overall number of pleas are a little low just because the dockets were light and, as in every business, it takes a little while to get up to speed. For example, we did quite a few pleas today, but very few on Monday.

1. "Probation" includes regular probation and deferred adjudication. "Jail" includes anything from one day back-time, to life in the penitentiary. It's usually somewhere in between. :)
2. Note that these stats do no take into account probation revocation cases, i.e. where someone already on probation is accused of committing a further offense, and their probation is either continued or ends with a jail sentence. They also don't take into account cases from our court resolved on the "rocket docket" in the magistrate's court.]


  1. Rocket Docket where they plead at the initial hearing (assuming that is the term)? To avoid a likely conviction, to stay out of jail if no ability of bail, that type of thing?

  2. Mackie, it's basically for the less complicated (and less serious) cases, usually drug cases. They are set for a quick negotiation prior to indictment, where we try to expedite what can otherwise sometimes be a slow process.


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