Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped charges against 29.9% of felony defendants during her first three years in office, the Chicago Tribune found
Foxx's case dismissal rate is more than 35% higher than that of her predecessor
The state's attorney told the Tribune that its analysis gave an 'incomplete picture of her commitment to keeping the public safe'
She said she's dropped cases against low-level, nonviolent offenders so prosecutors can focus on violent crimes
But data showed Foxx's office has dismissed cases involving murder, shootings, sex crimes and serious drug offenses at a much higher rate than her predecessor
Foxx gained notoriety last year when her office dropped felony charges against Jussie Smollett, the actor accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself