High Crimes is a Record-Eagle data reporting project examining trends uncovered in information collected from thousands of drug cases adjudicated in the Grand Traverse region’s courts.
Record-Eagle reporters began in 2016 scouring court records for information related to all misdemeanor and felony drug cases in Grand Traverse County between 2012 to 2016, collecting data from public court records and prison databases.
Data compiled included a defendant’s gender, race and hometown, along with information about whether a defendant was charged or sentenced as a habitual offender. Defendants were considered local if their addresses listed in court records fall within the Record-Eagle’s five-county coverage area of Grand Traverse, Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties.
Reporters continue to compile, enter, fact-check and analyze information collected as they work to expand the data set and examine trends the numbers expose.