A lot of attention has been paid to how government officials cannot follow what suspected terrorists are saying in encrypted communications. But there is a more local concern about encryption since it relates to work by prosecutors and police officers.

In recent testimony, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., told the Senate Judiciary Committee how more than 90 percent of all criminal cases filed each year are filed and adjudicated in state courts. For instance, his office handles more than 100,000 criminal cases each year, which is more than all of the cases handled by the Department of Justice nationwide.

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