Tribune’s Bail Story – a Weak Use of Data

The Chicago Tribune’s bail story is a classic example of why academic research methods and so superior to the quantitative research methods used by journalists covering criminal justice issues.

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This video covers CJP’s 5 insights in to a very bad article published by the Chicago Tribune on April 29th titled “Two charities have bailed scores of felony defendants out of Cook County Jail. Some were soon charged with new crimes.” Many people think the Tribune’s bail story was hit job done on purpose to discredit the work of the agencies.

The video below is our insights in to the article and our review of the incredibly bad analysis done by the Chicago Tribune. They reporters obviously had an agenda behind the piece and that agenda was to say poor people should not get out of jail on bail.

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Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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