Bremerton’s ‘Considerably Larger’ Misdemeanor Caseload

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Numbers almost always make a story better.

I forgot — perhaps simply overlooked — this truth when writing Monday afternoon about Bremerton’s plans to prosecute its own misdemeanor cases rather than have the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office do it.

Commenter nsultan pointed out that I used the phrase “considerably larger” when writing about how much bigger the Bremerton Municipal Court caseload is when compared to fellow its fellow Kitsap cities of Port Orchard, Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo.

Shame on me.

So here are the actual numbers so you can see for yourself just how much “considerably larger” is. Which is why numbers serve stories so very well. I got these from the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office’s 2007 annual report, which you can download here.

Misdemeanor Cases in:

Unincorporated Kitsap County

Total referred by law enforcement: 4,424

Total filed by by the prosecutor’s office: 3,503

Bremerton

Total referred by law enforcement: 3,228

Total filed by by the prosecutor’s office: 2,368

Bainbridge Island

Total referred by law enforcement: 520

Total filed by by the prosecutor’s office: 428

Port Orchard

Total referred by law enforcement: 549

Total filed by by the prosecutor’s office: 434

Poulsbo

Total referred by law enforcement: 433

Total filed by by the prosecutor’s office: 306

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