The problem is worse than anyone thought.
District Attorney Raúl Torrez said in an interview Friday that there are about 7,800 Bernalillo County criminal cases dating back to early 2015 that were never prosecuted. Those cases include charges that were voluntarily dismissed by prosecutors and cases that were referred to the District Attorney's Office by law enforcement agencies but never prosecuted.
Previously, Torrez had estimated there were about 3,000 such cases.
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