Multnomah County
District Attorney

1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
Portland, OR 97204
503-988-3162

Multnomah County District Attorney

 
1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
| Portland, OR 97204
| 503-988-3162
 

Case Issuance Rates for DA’s Office at Seven, Eight-Year Highs

Data for 2023 show the overall prosecution rate for Multnomah County at 72%

 

January 9, 2024

District Attorney Mike Schmidt today released data for 2023 that show the overall issuance rate for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) is at 72%, a seven-year high. Issuance rate is calculated as the percent of cases referred to MCDA from law enforcement where prosecutors are able to issue charges.

Data from 2023 show that we are continuing an upward trend in issuance rates, and have now actually surpassed pre-pandemic levels,” said DA Schmidt. “This is thanks to the hard work of our prosecutors and investigators, and good collaboration with our law enforcement partners. Still, our county faces real challenges, and there is more work to do, which is why we’re taking on homicide, domestic violence, auto theft, retail theft, bias crimes, and other safety issues with additional resources and initiatives.”

The overall issuance rate, 72%, takes into account both felonies and misdemeanors. The 2023 issuance rate for felonies alone is at an eight-year high. The 2023 issuance rate for misdemeanors alone is at a seven-year high. Of the cases that MCDA received in 2023 where prosecutors were not able to issue charges, the primary reason was some level of insufficient evidence. 

MCDA Annual Issuance Rates by Case Type

Source: MCDA Database

Issuance rate is only one benchmark used to measure the progress of the DA’s Office. MCDA uses prosecutorial performance indicators (PPIs), which provide new measures of prosecutorial success and advance transparency. PPIs include over 32 unique data sets across three broad categories: capacity & efficiency, community safety & well-being, and fairness & justice. MCDA data dashboards are available online

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