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    A Trial With Training Wheels

    This is Emily Deans, a harried 30-year-old assistant district attorney, the kind of woman who, in her second year of law school, took five of the hardest classes possible, participated in two moot court teams, and worked a part-time job at a criminal defense firm. She’s on a cleanse that forbids sugar, flour, meat, and dairy. She wears conservative business suits, often with panty hose, and even on the days […]

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Meet the DACraig WatkinsDistrict Attorney

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is the first African-American elected to that position in Texas.

As DA for Dallas County, he has a 99.4 percent felony conviction rate. He protects the most vulnerable citizens by using innovative strategies like DNA testing to make sure his office is putting the right people in jail. DA Watkins’ interest in conviction integrity led to partnering with the Innocence Project of Texas to aid the wrongfully convicted.


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"Our approach to the new criminal justice system requires us to look away from the paths of least resistance."

— Craig Watkins
100,000 per year

Cases Processed

33 Freed

DA Exonerations

2.45 million

Dallas County Population