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.

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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.

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.

Jack17
Jack17

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

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

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

StonewallX
StonewallX

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