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The number of felony charges filed in Champaign County has been decreasing. We studied the raw data provided by Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz from 2000-2006 and found that 2006 had the lowest numbers of charges and defendants.
Since defendants often face multiple charges, we thought that it would be useful to estimate the number of defendants from the raw charge data. We assumed that if a record had the same name, birthdate, and race, it represented the same person, and we performed some queries to determine the number of defendants by year and case type. We noticed errors in a few records, but this represented a very small percentage of the total data. Overall, the queries counted 19246 defendants - 8449 black, 9163 white, 754 Hispanic, 880 other.
Below are some tables and graphs that summarize the findings.