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Chicago’s bail reforms may not have had the rosy outcomes indicated by a top county judge’s analysis, which independent researchers say is downplaying the new crimes that have resulted from allowing defendants to await trial outside of jail. Those are the results of an analysis by a group of Chicago Tribune reporters in a new investigative piece as well as a just-published data analysis paper by University of Utah professors Paul Cassell and Richard Fowles. In 2017, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans implemented an order reforming how the Chicago area courts handled pretrial detention. The goal was to reduce…

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