Data from the Young County Attorney show a significant rise in cases for that office from 2011 to 2013.
According to the numbers, new cases in 2011 totaled 348. In 2012, that number jumped to 458, and by 2013, it rose again to 504, representing a 44.8 percent increase in the three year period.
Also showing a significant rise according to the data is the number of reactivated cases, from 201 in 2011 to 301 in 2013, a 49.75 percent jump. The number of disposed cases rose from 573 in 2011 to 717 in 2013, a 25.1 percent jump. And the number of cases placed on the inactive list went from 267 in 2011 to 307 in 2013 for a 14.98 percent jump.
So far for 2014, County Attorney Dayne Miller said that his office is on pace to possibly surpass 2013 totals.
“It’s almost impossible to try to predict how many cases there are going to be,” Miller said. “You recognize when it’s getting to be more, but to try to predict how much more, who knows? It just seems to get worse and worse.”
So far in 2014, the County Attorney’s office has had 124 new cases through the month of April.
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