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What is case attrition and discuss why it may occur

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  dkennedy replied 9 years ago.


Case attrition can be referring to police cases, or court cases, or actually any type of cases. It means the "dropping" of cases, as time goes by.

Example: Let's say in a month 400 people make their initial appearance in court after their arrest. Some cases never get filed by the DA. A few people are extradited to another state. More people plead guilty and get sentenced. After a month's time, there are only a very few active cases left in the court system out of the 400 that started.

That is an example of attrition.


Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to dkennedy's Post: Please provide a little more detail. Thanks.
Expert:  dkennedy replied 9 years ago.


Can you tell me what kind of "cases" you are talking about? Police cases? Court cases? Prosecution cases? Social worker's cases? what?