Dallas DA Ends Prosecution Of Misdemeanor Theft, Trespass, Drug Offenses

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot alleged that previous policies criminalized poverty.

Dallas, TX – The Dallas County district attorney has announced his office will no longer prosecute a slew of misdemeanor offenses in an effort to end alleged “mass incarceration” practices within the county.

“When I ran to become your District Attorney, I promised you that I would bring changes to our criminal justice system,” Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said in the Thursday announcement.

“The changes that I promised will…make our community safer by ensuring that our limited resources are spent where they can do the most good,” he added.

Creuzot said that his office will no longer prosecute first-time marijuana and THC possession offenses, unless they occur inside a drug-free zone, involve a deadly weapon, or “involve evidence of delivery.”

He noted that African Americans were being charged with marijuana possession three times as often as other races, and that his office had to “take action to end that disparity.”

“I am also in the process of dismissing all pending misdemeanor marijuana cases filed before I took office,” Creuzot boasted. “To date, I have dismissed over a thousand misdemeanor marijuana cases.”

The office will refuse to file charges in all cases involving “trace” amounts of drug possession, regardless of the type of drug.

Trace drugs often come from paraphernalia, such as pipes, that have used drug residue on them.

Creuzot said his office will also not accept drug possession cases without laboratory reports confirming that the seized substance was actually illegal, so that alleged offenders won’t be forced to sit in jail until testing results are completed.

“If, in fact, the substance is a controlled substance, we will be requesting that the District Clerk issue a summons instead of a warrant,” he added.

Suspects also don’t have to worry about being charged for trespassing in most cases.

“I have instructed my intake prosecutors to dismiss all misdemeanor criminal trespass cases that do not involve a residence or physical intrusion into property, including all pending cases,” Creuzot wrote.

He suggested that the county find a way to “provide affordable housing and mental health services” to people instead, and claimed that prosecution of most trespassing offenses is “inhumane.”

Creuzot’s office also won’t prosecute cases of theft under $750, as long as the offense wasn’t committed “for economic gain.”

That means that shoplifters who take off with “necessary items,” such as food, won’t be held accountable.

“That shop owner is gonna have to take matters in his own hands, or he’s gonna have to let $600 worth of merchandise walk out of the store,” Dallas Police Association spokesperson Mike Mata told KXAS. “I don’t think he’s going to stay in business very long.”

Instead of pursuing charges against offenders who insist on driving with suspended licenses, Creuzot said he has developed a “diversion program” that will result in a dismissal of charges for defendants “who clear their drivers’ licenses.”

He’s also created a fast-track for expungement of arrest records in cases where defendants have successfully completed a pre-trial diversion program.

Creuzot claimed that probation “is often a lengthy and burdensome process that can actually increase recidivism," and noted that prosecutors have been told “not to ask for jail, state jail, or prison time for ‘technical’ violations” of probation sentences.

The memo outlined the probation term length he expects prosecutors to request for most cases – six months for misdemeanors and state jail felonies, two years for second- and third-degree felonies, and five years for first-degree felonies.

Bail was also on the district attorney’s list of immediate changes.

“This county’s money bail system must be reformed,” he declared. “People sit in jail not because they pose an identifiable danger to the community, but because they cannot pay their fee to go home.”

Offenders often lose their jobs, housing, and ability to take care of their families while incarcerated, Creuzot noted.

“My own moral compass does not allow me to sit and wait for others to decide to act when I also have the power to do so,” he wrote.

Under Creuzot’s new bail policy, prosecutors are required to recommend release without conditions for most misdemeanors and state jail felonies, provided that offenders do not have a prior conviction within the past five years and are not a risk to their victims or communities.

“If a prosecutor believes by clear and convincing evidence that the accused will fail to appear and/or is a danger to the community or victim, then a risk assessment shall be requested to determine what, if any, conditions of release are appropriate to ensure return to court and community safety,” he wrote.

In all other cases, prosecutors are expected to make recommendations that help enable offenders to be released into the community whenever possible.

“The prosecutor’s presumption should be that, unless individuals post a serious safety risk or flight risk, release remains appropriate, but with the least restrictive conditions imposed to ensure community safety and return to court,” Creuzot wrote.

“Monetary conditions should never be requested by a prosecutor unless there has first been an ability to pay determination, and the amount requested should be based on what a person can afford,” he added.

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5150
5150

I am glad I do not live in Dallas. Seems it will be a free for all down there now.

Goodguys
Goodguys

Hey, “prosecutor”, see the recent documentary “Seattle is Dying” on You Tube?

Get ready for the same in Dallas; these enabling policies of de-criminalization of crime breeds more homelessness, emboldens career criminals, and brings about both fear and anger in the law abiding.

I give you my 20+ years of experience in of all places, CA as proof..

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Open season on shop lifters!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Regardless of his new policy shift, I think the officers in Dallas should continue to make arrests for all the things the SA wants to overlook. In fact, I think they should make as many as possible to overburden the State Attorneys office with the paperwork required to dismiss the charges.

RetiredADA
RetiredADA

The fact that the District Attorney refuses to do his job to prosecute acts that have been designated as crimes by the state legislature is, once again, unbelievable. I took an oath when I was sworn in as an assistant D.A. to uphold the laws, not the laws I personally agreed with. Regardless of his refusal to honor his oath and do his job, I believe law enforcement must continue to do theirs. I am so glad I am retired and not in danger of working for someone like this, of course, if I were notbretired, I would be looking for a new job in another urisdiction immediately.

Ljubica48
Ljubica48

The DA is in effect legislating from his office, repealing State laws which were passed by duly elected legislators.
He is repealing laws regarding theft, trespass, and drug offenses.
DAs are supposed to enforce laws passed by the legislature. DAs are not authorized to repeal or amend laws passed by the legislature. For the DA to usurp the legislature, the DA is engaging in an unlawful and corrupt abuse of power. The DA's unlawful repeal of laws on theft, trespass, and drugs subjects ordinary citizens and business owners to a loss of protection and rights under laws duly passed by the state legislature.

Texas Penal Code: Sec. 39.03. OFFICIAL OPPRESSION. (a) A public servant acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he:

(1) intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that he knows is unlawful;

(2) intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing his conduct is unlawful; or

(b) For purposes of this section, a public servant acts under color of his office or employment if he acts or purports to act in an official capacity or takes advantage of such actual or purported capacity.

(d) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor

ChiefC
ChiefC

Left wing liberal progressive socialist America hating democrats do not want people arrested or put in prison because the demographics are not politically correct.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Dallas County DA John Creuzot "My own moral compass does not allow me to sit and wait for others to decide to act when I also have the power to do so,”

He has "the power to do so"? Says who? This DA was hired to do a job enforcing laws that are already on the books. This is again a second person (...and Kim Foxx) who have decided to change the scope of their own position to include becoming a "Social Justice Warrior" without any approval from above. This is corruption and an abuse of power .This is being done to primarily show bias and benefit "the inner city community" as they are the ones most likely to perpetrate the crimes that are listed in the article. He thinks he will "fix" problems and all he will do is create other and maybe more serious problems. "That shop owner is gonna have to take matters in his own hands"...and I hope these shop owners do so every single time. The Feds and US AG needs to step in and demand these self appointed SJW's do the job they were hired to do >and nothing else< . The US AG also needs to step in and ban "Sanctuary Cities" and take steps to remove all Federal financial assistance from a city , county or state until it returns to an office which abides by the rule of law.

Bryanrbills
Bryanrbills

I have said this before and ELSEWHERE.....in the 200+ years of the USA, many parties and Candidates have run on a LAW AND ORDER platform. For the 1st time EVER!!! the DemoCrats are running on a CRIME AND DISORDER platform! blame the Cops.break laws, Sanctuary Cities to protect the LAWLESS from prosecution, Liberal Insanity! ELD ( Extreme Liberal Dementia) strikes again!!!

Daughter
Daughter

He took the wrong job if he doesn’t want to earn his money. All he is doing is giving free passes to do it again! I’m sure glad he’s not in my town he needs to be fired for not doing his job. He makes me angry😡

RPG156
RPG156

Even Travis County's DA isn't this obtuse. Dallas County business owners are going to push back hard on the not-for-profit theft policy. This policy will top-down change what charges are accepted at the county jail and what agencies use their own limited resources on. Smaller agencies aren't going to send officers down to county with a shoplifting prisoner that the DA may or may not prosecute that is probably going to get a PR bond during arraignment. And yeah, he said that the county jail is the largest mental health facility in the county and the the police arrest them to get them off the streets.... They are and they do...

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

A SJW by any other name is still a SJW.

Ender
Ender

So I guess Dallas is the go to place to do your grocery "shopping" now, huh? Steak and lobster for everyone, on the house.

Remember I said this when it happens: Shoplifting in low income neighborhoods is going to skyrocket to the point that all stores close and then everyone is going to cry "racism" because they don't have a grocery store in their neighborhood.

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

I'm predicting either a recall or one and done for the Dallas DA. There is no way he laid out an agenda to voters like the one I read in this article and got elected.

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

He's trying to turn Dallas into San Francisco. By failing to prosecute for violating the law, he's giving criminals a free pass! Disgusting! And I was planning to move to TX to get away from this BS insanity!

PickyBiker
PickyBiker

Didn't Rudy Giuliani make NYC streets safer by prosecuting even small crimes vigorously?

HH3
HH3

I'm wondering if he will feel the same should someone break-in to his home and move in. Sure would not want to throw the person/s out. That would only increase the homeless population. Spread the word - time to move in!!!!!! He will NOT mind. Whats good for the rest should be good enough for you and your family.

Shop owners - buy ammo and baseball bats and hire a person or two and have them sit at the door for shoplifters.

Bigsnazzz
Bigsnazzz

Come 'n Get It. Tell your friends and cousins from the next city over. Dog gone it. Pass this news nationwide. No more hot dogs or hamburgers on the grill. We just moved up to the big time Thanks to DA Creuzot. Only ribs, steaks, and lobsters grilling here in Dallas. Come On Down.

MikeJ.
MikeJ.

Criminal justice and mental health reform is a real problem. The DA should have run for state legislature if he wants to make a change to laws. The DA totally lost me at allowing theft to go unprosecuted. I better run down to Dallas quick before the stores are empty.

cspcapt
cspcapt

his job and sworn duty was to enforce the law. another minority prosecutor refusing to do hid/her job. if there are to many minorities in jail just tell them not to commit the crimes

Jetpilot
Jetpilot

Watch this all the way through. It’s a very well researched piece that explains exactly what’s going on here.

Pat1978
Pat1978

This is critical legal theory in action. This is the result of the social justice insanity taking place at many universities. The new moral authority is the church of social justice or, as Thomas Sowell calls it, cosmic justice.

grant99710
grant99710

I love it when people like this “yokel “ spout out “we need more mental health aid for those in need”! Not a bad idea but...what I never hear anyone say and it is so true is...YOU CANNOT MAKE THOSE PEOPLE attend or seek out or make sure they stay on their prescribed meds! You can’t make people do something they don’t want to..there are some exceptions.... but for the vast majority they don’t have to go. So for it to work your gonna have to “force” them but this will violate constitutional law. You gotta solve that problem first...then you can force them to get the help they need but I think incarceration will be involved...opps..bad word! FYI ...it will be interesting to see how small businesses are going to deal with theft, higher prices to off set losses? Who will that mostly affect? This will be open season and once again the good, honest, law bidding citizens will suffer while the criminals (regardless of what race they are) will get a slap on the wrist....wait...no they won’t!

RPG156
RPG156

The statement that strikes me is... "He noted that African Americans were being charged with marijuana possession three times as often as other races, and that his office had to take action to end that disparity.” First of all. Disparity? Just because a certain race is arrested for a particular crime more than another, he is stating, in effect, that the police are targeting blacks for arrest and ignoring arresting other races. Perhaps. Perhaps not. But is it the DA's role to create a racial disparity where one isn't. He... is creating the disparity and in effect, turning his back on the business owners and citizens that follow the laws in favor of thieves, drug users and mentally ill that commit crimes.

Dark_ePoch
Dark_ePoch

"and the amount requested should be based on what a person can afford,”

This is a constitutional violation. The DA doesn't set the bail amount.

Ziggy848
Ziggy848

Just wait till some ARMED Store Owner is standing at the door and puts a bullet in the head of some "African American" just picking up his $600 worth of groceries. Let's see how the DA feels then.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Good luck Texas you border Mexico you might as well have an equivalent crime rate. I wonder what Cartel this guy is a member of? You elected this asshole one can only assume you want what he is bringing you CRIME!

Justgail68
Justgail68

So I guess a lot of people will be moving there because a trip to the store for needed items won’t cost a thing! That is until a store owner feels threatened and solves the threat or closes up not able to sustain the losses. Just think if ten people a day took $600 of merchandise no smaller businesses would last. Does this cover clothes that are a needed item?

vwiles34
vwiles34

Is the whole world going nuts? You know for a real go-getter from a nearby city that does prosecute criminals this could be like hitting the lottery. Bring a big-rig over and go from store to store stealing $600.00 of stuff each. Then go back to his city and stock up his own store. Talk about profit margin? If this policy stands it's going to be like the wild west. Small crime rate down, major crimes like murder, assault etc way up.

chiefd
chiefd

Time to impeach or recall this ahole and elect a DA that believes in enforcing the law. I know, sometimes it's not economical to prosecute minor crimes, as the max fine is less than the cost of trial, like possession of less than one oz. of marijuana in CA (max fine 100 bucks), butfor the other crimes, yes, they need prosecuted. Issue a summons instead of a warrant, like, this jerk really thinks people will come to court? As far as giving people who drive with a revoked or suspended license no charges, what if the license of revoked for multiple DUI, excessive traffic tickets, or the person never had a license? This guy needs gone immediately. Dallas is getting a stupid (at least the DA is) as CA with their zany ideas crime. Petty thieves are not afraid of getting arrested, they will just continue to steal and steal with impunity.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This silliness is going to backfire real quick. This DA has his head way up there where the sun never shines.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Why not end ALL prosecution? That would help to end MASS INCARCERATION too? Hard to believe this is TEXAS!!!!

Jack17
Jack17

Proof that elections have consequences.

OldGreg
OldGreg

Let me guess, this prosecutor was backed financially by George Soros

Buffrat
Buffrat

He says Blacks are disproportionately arrested for smoking weed. Well dumb-ass, I don't know a single Black person in my life in an urban area (Detroit) who does not smoke weed. However I know a lot of Whites who don't.

irhuntin
irhuntin

I dont know who this pos sjw thinks he is but this wont fly anywhere in Texas and I think he will be behind those bars he is so worried that other people are not going to be behind if his office has anything to do with it. I think the very first thing that should happen is about 25 people with tents should set up in his front yard and camp out and we will see how long his no trespassing repeal would last. If I am a shop owner I would file a law suit so fast his head would spin off. As for his mental health I dont think he has had his meds in awhile either. This is so freakin stupid I just cant believe that Dallas has been so infiltrated by libtards that this could happen.

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Nothing like abandoning the rule of law to reduce your crime rate! This is the next step towards anarchy. And, as for disproportionate incarceration, might not that result from disproportionate levels of criminal activity? For example, according to reported FBI statistics, Blacks commit slightly more than 50% of the murders in the country, even though they constitute only about 13% of the population; with the expectation that most of these murders probably are committed by Black males, we are talking about only 6-7% of the population. Toleration of minor crimes will lead to more minor crime, ... and probably to more major crimes as the perps realize that they can get away with some criminal activity.

Maui2082
Maui2082

You, sir, are an idiot.

Blueberry moon
Blueberry moon

I've heard of a lot of places are doing this. Fire Cops and Lower taxes. The people will have to police themselves, Families and property! This will give us money for body armor and weapons needed! Criminals has always had more rights than Law Abiding Citizens. Now they have all the rights and we have none!

KBChicago
KBChicago

"They" are letting all these idiots and often times dangerous individuals off the hook- think about Chicago for a second...we are not talking about low level petty crimes, but felons are getting off ASAP with these practices here.

Police departments and staff need to start legal proceedings against people who attack them or cause them or members of the community harm as incarceration does not work.
There should absolutely be a way to start deterring crimes against officers and the people they protect. There's always jail time - that many get out of quickly, so start suing these fools.

DC-TX
DC-TX

Even if there was this horrible plan to stop prosecuting certain crimes, WHY THE F@#CK would you make it public??? Wouldn't you want criminals to at least THINK they were going to be prosecuted???

MrSimmonsSr
MrSimmonsSr

These morons in the DA's office need to watch this documentary on how these exact same kind of policies turned Seattle into the mess it is today:

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The Feds and US AG needs to step in and demand these self appointed SJW's do the job they were hired to do >and nothing else< . Although I do blame this DA John Creuzot as what he is doing is "cooking the books" to improve NAACP, ACLU and crime stats , making his own job easier, pandering and patronizing to a negatively affected black community, showing pro- black racial bias, and abusing his own position description and authority. But even worse I blame the Mayor of Dallas,the Governor of Texas, and the Texas courts who need to quickly put an end to this. Why are they just standing by without confronting this DA and ending the bias? It is just these types of actions which cause a large increase in the resentment shown towards the black community. It is simple black privilege being reinforced just for acting subhuman and lawless. Something they really need no help at all with.

J1234
J1234

"Democrats in WA Legislature approve a bill to under cut the "Three Strikes, You're Out" repeat felony offender law, " our liberal mafia here in WA have a bill that's set to pass, it cuts 2nd degree robbery out of 3 strikes law: two of the reasons I remember were

  1. it fills up the prisons and
  2. "it inordinately affects persons of color" (i.e. primarily non-white offenders, even here in WA). many killers started with robbery 2nd degree
david_boots2000
david_boots2000

Very moving. Seattle, get up off your ass and come up with a program like RI. I CAN SMELL SEATTLE FROM NY !

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Maybe this FAKE DA needs to read the Penal code Book. You know, the one he is supposed to uphold and NOT rewrite.

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

This guy is a total idiot. The purpose for bail is to keep threats who can’t post bail IN JAIL. Every single business should send this sob a bill for all the thefts that happen from now on since they won’t go after the thieves anymore. How the hell did that sad excuse of a human being get elected. Don’t worry my people I won’t prosecute you for breaking the law because your black. Does anyone else see a problem with that kind of thinking?? Seriously??? WTF

Tim_H
Tim_H

Because... why laws?

ontheir6
ontheir6

IDK, I think some of this is a good plan of action. And certainly in instances where a person IS actually working and supporting a household, some consideration to help them and alleviate the burden of the legal system is a plus. But condoning theft? And Trespassing? Hard drug use? What is next? Assault? as long as nobody actually has to go to hospital? He is like the Monopoly guy, handing out "get out of jail free" card. What kind of message is that to send to our youth? Here is a message for all of them, and it goes like this: "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime."