New Dallas Co. DA Making List Of Crimes They Will Not Prosecute

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said he will keep the community safe by focusing on violent criminals.

Dallas, TX – Newly- elected Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot has announced that the prosecutors in his office is making a list of charges that they won't prosecute.

He will also make finding alternatives to incarceration a priority, especially in cases involving minorities and the poor.

Creuzot, 61, said that it is “morally wrong” to sentence poor people who commit crimes to jail, and that his office is in the process of compiling a list of offenses that they will no longer prosecute, The Dallas Morning News reported.

All first-time marijuana possession cases involving small amounts of the drug will automatically be dismissed, he confirmed.

“Certainly, first-time marijuana offenders, and simple criminal trespass – we know that most of those people, obviously they’re poor,” Creuzot said.

“We will still prosecute the violent criminals. We will still keep our focus on keeping the community safe," Creuzot said. "But we will also take care not to make the community worse or an individual worse just because we've done that in the past."

Creuzot, a former judge who established one of Texas’ first drug courts, made his announcements at the swearing-in of his 247-member staff on Tuesday morning, KXAS reported.

“What I'm asking you to do by taking your oath here today is to join with me in another era of criminal justice reform," he said.

Creuzot argued that prison “costs too much,” and that it “doesn’t solve crime,” The Dallas Morning News reported.

"Are we creating people with criminal records because they're poor?" he asked the prosecutors, calling such actions “morally wrong.”

“What we have learned is that we have locked up many people who do not pose a threat to public safety,” Creuzot told KXAS.

“They might suffer from underlying circumstances and problems such as mental health or substance abuse and putting them in jail is not going to solve any of those problems,” he told the crowd during the swearing-in ceremony.

Only a “small number” of employees have left the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in the wake of Creuzot’s election, KXAS reported.

Comments (63)
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MrsS
MrsS

What a fuckwit. Wow

Hellmanbb1
Hellmanbb1

The new breed of Prosecutor! Very dangerous!

Debkk9
Debkk9

If all these places want to let pot dealers out...why is pot still listed as a dangerous drug ?

Logic Required
Logic Required

As long as it sticks to finding alternatives to jail for simple trespass and weed possession I'm for it. I hate the Suffolk one who hates LEOs in general.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

What the ever-loving fuck. So only people with money should go to jail?

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Won't prosecute 1st time pot. If you never do that then they will never get to 2 or 3, so they will always get off

TBUPS
TBUPS

Main key point......use to be a judge. Judges don't give up their position for a DA's. Somethings rotten in Denmark 😝

Jhnsndmark
Jhnsndmark

Isn't it morally wrong to commit crimes?

rpdtransit
rpdtransit

He will also make finding alternatives to incarceration a priority, especially in cases involving minorities and the poor. Favoring one race or ethnic group over another is a violation of civil rights.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

The left, the minorities, the dems have completely lost their minds. Lets get them some help before this country implodes........

Camerabug
Camerabug

So if I'm pouring go steal from the store and I'm not going to get prosecuted for it oh, is that what he's saying.?

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The "politically correct" are above the law.

Skystriker
Skystriker

Now more than ever conceal carry cause the Justice System is not on the side of the victims but certainly on the side of the criminals especially repeat offenders.

Lordloveaduck
Lordloveaduck

Too poor to follow the law??? So poor you got weed?? Wow priorities

Lordloveaduck
Lordloveaduck

You have confused the left with folks who have morals.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

If you are a democrat man, you are are a testosterone-challenged sissy. This is fkng disgrace. All Democrat's idea.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

This POS DA will of course prosecute police officers for anything he can think of.

Mama1959
Mama1959

Because obviously they're poor. SMH

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder what he intends to do with "poor" people caught breaking the law? Just let them continue repeating because as we all know poor people just can't help themselves.

Dmos1357
Dmos1357

So let me get this straight, simple criminal trespass is not going prosecuted, right?

So then if a person criminally trespasses on my property and refuses to leave then I basically have to let them be a squatter there.

Ibizian
Ibizian

So if I'm a white, middle aged, middle class, zero criminal history at all, and have a dime sack of weed, I go to jail? Yup, found the racist in this equation! Good recipe for a civil rights violation lawsuit! Where's this town? Asking for a friend...

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

What's the point of having any laws at all anymore?

47RONIN
47RONIN

Early onset of leftist radicalism here folks. I’ve been on the job 21 years now and saw the infiltration coming years ago. I’m fairly confident most on here out there working have used discretion short of charging to problem solve. But, shit like this is pulling the rug out from under our boots. Granted, for years I’ve used the adage “you might beat the rap but you still get the ride” knowing full and well the court end of it is a waste of time. But, once this twisted pandering reaches the masses, with already increasing defiant generations, this is easily going to morph into some misguided mindset that there are no consequences to ones actions. The small businesses, hotels, public transit and most of all, good hard working going about their lives are inherently going to suffer. I say let it slip into chaos. No more assertive police work. No more questioning the implausible. Just “answer the call” when we have to, drive around and wave to people and then go home. We hear these DA’s loud and clear, they want an “observer and report” policing....let’s give it to them...

NotAlib
NotAlib

Democrats have morphed into the trade union for America's malignancies.  Thugs, criminals, MS13, Porn Stars, radicals, illegals, and anything else that runs counter to our constitution,  laws, or sovereignty is a welcome vote to Democrats.

101715SO
101715SO

Mr. Creuzot is heralding the same old mantra all liberal Democrats hold to that scores of poor and disenfranchised people of the inner-city are being arrested and jailed long-term for misdemeanor crimes. In my experience of being responsible for the operation of a large county jail, those who are first-time misdemeanor offenders do not remain in jail, we simply couldn't afford that cost. What he says simply isn't true and he knows it. His so-called justice reform has been tried before; throwing money at "programs" that are ineffective and releasing criminals back on the street (dangerous felony drug criminals ala California) (this is next) will not solve the problem and isn't reform. If he wants to tackle a real problem, tackle the mental health issue. County jails are the largest mental health facilities in each respective county/city jail system. You want to make a difference Mr. Creuzot, get these people out of jails and into hospitals or services that will make a difference, don't roll out the same old nonsense that doesn't work and will in the end cycle us back to a sharp rise in crime in the inner city (Dallas will be a victim of liberal policies like these and be the next Detroit, Chicago and LA).

RPG156
RPG156

I knew John Creuzot when I was a police officer and he was a prosecutor.... I don't know who this guy is...

JBo
JBo

“...morally wrong to sentence poor people who commit crimes to jail."

Huh? That's one of the the stupidest statements I've ever heard.

"...we know that most of those people, obviously they’re poor.”

How do you know that and what difference does it make?

"...prison “costs too much,” and that it “doesn’t solve crime.”

It's not designed to. It's to keep criminals away from the public.

"Are we creating people with criminal records because they're poor?"

Nooooo, they got arrested because they broke the law.

NM18
NM18

Ideas like these occur when your cutting corners, and lack the experience & knowledge on what really goes out there. Its really easy to read reports sometimes. Being poor isn't a reason to become a criminal. + when the little crimes are passed by like they aren't important it opens the door for people to really get creative and defy the law even further.

FRANCIN
FRANCIN

IT'S AN ALL AROUND MENTAL ISSUE JAIL IS NOT THE ANSWER NOT JUST THE POOR RICH PEOPLE SMOKE WEED TOO.

Caddis
Caddis

This is dangerous. So if you're not poor you get prosecuted. Economic status profiling? Also, jail is punishment for breaking the law. High recidivism is not the fault of the jail/prison system, it's the fault of the person choosing to break the law.

GregG254
GregG254

Its like this. If 2 men catch same exact non violent charge, lets say possession under a gram of cocaine. One hires a lawyer for 10 grand so his lawyer keeps having them retest the substance. An old trick attorneys use until they drop charges or make it a misdemenor with no jail. Now the other guy has court appointed lawyer who doesnt even know his name and has no intention of wasting his time when he will plea him out for 5 yrs probation. Do you see the difference?

Rush11112
Rush11112

Sadly many poor, usually homeless people commit crimes to get off the street and get to eat.

Lt Tom
Lt Tom

If you don't prosecute for a crime committed by someone, then what is going to stop them from being a repeat offender. The law is the law. There is a reason it's called a crime. This is bs and irresponsible not to prosecute someone because they are poor

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The majestic equality of the laws prohibits the rich and the poor alike from sleeping under bridges, begging in the streets and stealing bread.

RNnLEOwife
RNnLEOwife

So, if you are poor, it's okay that you smoke pot? Maybe they are poor because they smoke pot and no one will hire them because they can't pass a drug screen. Why are "poor people" not held to the same standards as everyone else?

redbird
redbird

no matter how you slice it, this is insanity. Low-level crimes do not deserve the same kind of punishment as violent ones, but they are still crimes. Community Service, of a real and measurable kind, or something like that. Sorry, but criminal behavior unchecked will escalate. It will.

redbird
redbird

thank you. You just increased my vocabulary.

StonewallX
StonewallX

It's to make everyone equal - socialism is the best, haven't you heard? LOL

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

So what he is saying is he’s going to virtue-signal his way through his term as D.A. Gotcha. 🙄

Jack17
Jack17

If you are not poor nor a minority you will be prosecuted. Seems like he should read over that oath he took.

OlTimer
OlTimer

If they don't charge first offenders, how do they know if there's a second offense. Seems like he's giving a license for anyone he considers poor to go on a crime spree.

Sirrano
Sirrano

This is going to be a big problem for officers, they will have to refuse to arrest those breaking the current laws because nothing has been repealed and knowing it will not be prosecuted. Why make the arrest then? There needs to be a discussion between the city and the county about this. If the poor are criminals within​​ the jurisdiction​s of law, then you have to prosecute. The Constitution​ does not exempt someone who pleads poverty to be exempt from a crime, it just gives you access to a lawyer. Then I could say I'm too​ poor to pay this ticket, it just doesn't make sense. There has to be another way to work this through​ the city.