Criminal Caseloads Continue to Decline
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The combined number of incoming felony, misdemeanor, and other criminal cases reported by state courts was virtually identical to that which was reported in 2009 but nearly 1 million fewer (-4%) than reported in 2006, when incoming caseloads reached a record 21.4 million cases. Caseloads in limited jurisdiction courts, where most misdemeanor cases are processed and preliminary hearings in felony cases are conducted, have fallen in each of the last four years. However, the 2010 population-adjusted rate of just over 6,500 cases per 100,000 population is essentially unchanged from that of 2001.