Twelve people were fired from their position in criminal justice platform of Dallas County. This was done by the winner of 2018 election, Democrat John Creuzot, which decided to change the staff before he took office.
• Staff Changing in Order to Get Better Working Environment
Creuzot claimed that he had done this change in order to get a better place in working. He wanted to give better access to mental care and health, drug treatment, and another way to improve the work. He also said that they may give additional training.
His act is in line with what he said in his campaign that he will not tolerate any misconduct in his era. So, rather than punish the prosecutors and welcome them back in the office with a chance of doing misconduct again, Creuzot chose to fire them including the head of the juvenile, head of crime against children, chief of federal litigation division, and the chief or the appellate division. It is quite shocking that who Creuzot fired are the top attorneys.
• Change into Not So New Prosecutor
It is not uncommon to change the staff, but this massive numbers may make public asking some questions about what were they do. However, Creuzot did not explain the reason further why those 12 prosecutors were fired.
One thing which is clear is that Creuzot selected Kevin Brooks, longtime Dallas County prosecutor, as his first assistant. Fire some people and get someone experienced may be a better choice for Creuzot.
This staff changing may be shocking, but Creuzot seems to know his priority which is to reduce mass incarceration and also reduce the tax for criminal justice intervention. He also said that he would spend 90 days in office then he will give the detail of plans to meet his priority. Well, let’s see how it will work.
The midterm election in the United States has done in November last year and John Creuzot won 60 per cent of the vote, became Dallas County District Attorney and was sworn in the New Year’s Day. Let’s have a look at how Creuzot could defeat Johnson in this election.
Faith Johnson couldn’t win over criminal justice activists
Even though Faith Johnson did prosecute cop, Roy Oliver who had killed an unarmed teenager, Jordan Edwards and she claimed that she has restored confidence and morale of district attorney’s office in public, she still couldn’t please the criminal justice reformers. She didn’t want to give transparency, bail, decisions of charges or other data collection from DA’s office.
In addition, she has been in a spotlight due to a case of Botham Jean, an African-American who has been shot and killed in his own apartment by Amber Guyger, a white police officer who thought that Jean’s apartment is her own apartment and he was an intruder. The case was taking so long and there had been questions raised on how police did the investigations on the case. When Guyger was given manslaughter charge, many activities did the protest of injustice happened in this case.
Another point that made her vulnerable on the past election was a rumour that actually Faith Johnson is Democrat. In one of the debates during the campaign last year, one of the participant asked why it was not mentioned that she’s a Republican in her campaign mailers. She denied this allegation. Johnson was not a candidate in the last election in 2014, her fellow Republican, Susan Hawk won an election, but she resigned after two years due to depression. Gov. Greg Abbott then appointed Johnson to replace Hawk position.
John Creuzot Offered Interesting Program for Criminal Justice Reforms
During the campaign, Crezuot has offered a program on how to reform criminal justice in Dallas. He claimed that he will stop the mass incarceration by changing the policy on low-level crimes such as a simple case of trespassing and first-time drug use. Mass incarceration became one of the problems occurred in the United States.
Creuzot programs including on evaluating the bail bond system and conducting a better criminal justice system. He stated that the prosecutors tend to send many people in prison even though they don’t have a threat to public safety. Creuzot appointed Kevin Brooks who worked in a long time period as Dallas County prosecutor to be his first assistant.
Dallas is one of great city in America. Located in Texas, America, and Dallas known as one of populous county in America with more than 2 million people live on this county based on census in 2010. Like other county in America, Dallas County is led by commissioners court, and one of them is District attorney. Then, let us get to know with Dallas County District Attorney.
Dallas County District Attorney
Because Dallas is one of county in Texas and based on U.S., constitution, the district attorney is elected by governor and in Dallas County is appointed or elected by the Texas Governor. Like other district attorney in America, Dallas County District Attorney has a job to prosecute every single federal crimes and represent the America in the civil action. Of course, it is an important job in civilization issue.
Fortunately, district attorney is not a single fighter. Assistant district attorney help to reduce the workload of district attorney. Mainly, both district attorney and Assistant district attorney have job to prosecute a person or group who are suspiciously breaking the law. However, the job is beyond that. Besides prosecuting, both of them have other jobs. Guiding the trial, giving recommendation the offenders’ sentence, initiating the criminal investigation and directing the further indictment are examples of the job of district and attorney and its assistant.
List of Dallas County Attorney
Like other county in America, Dallas needs a person who have in charge to prosecute a person. Right now the district attorney is handled by John Creuzot. The democrat representative has appointed for two months here the list of DA:
• Henry Wade, 1951-1987
• John Vance, 1987-1998
• Bill Hill. 1999- 2007
• Craig Watkins 2007-2015
• Susan hawk 2015-september 2016
• Faith Johnson, September 2016- 2018
• John Creuzot, 2019- now
District attorney is an important public work to give a great sustain in the eye of law. Hopefully, the article above gives a clear comprehension about the Dallas district county attorney
The new elected Dallas Country District Attorney, Democrat John Creuzot shared about his plan on how running his office. His plan for the new system of criminal justice system including drug court, simple case for trespassing and bail system.
New System for Drug Case
Creuzot who had many experiences of the drug courts and established one of the first drug courts in Texas evaluated on how to prosecute the drug offenders. He claimed that putting first-time offenders with less than 4 ounces of marijuana possession in prison will not effective and will not solve a crime. Therefore, instead of locking them up in jail, he stated that the drug treatment approach will be a better solution for these first-time offenders.
Simple Trespassing Case
Creuzot also mentioned that a simple trespassing case that occurred could happen because of several reasons including poverty, substance misuse and mental health issue. Instead of arresting homeless, Creuzot offers a better solution which is relocating them into other places. However, this approach will not be applicable to residential trespassing cases.
Not Judging the Poor
In Creuzot’s campaign website, he stated that Justice is hard and heart work which means justice reform needs to be done in order to have a fairer, more rehabilitative and clearer system. He also mentioned that there was a tendency of a criminal justice system to penalize people living in poverty or people of colour. He also will evaluate the bail system in the county, even though a bond set industry will still be there, but he wanted to reduce the mass incarceration and still implementing the fair system.
Several High Profile Cases
There are several high-profile cases from that wait for John Creuzot to be solved. One of the cases is Botham Jean who was killed by Amber Guyger, a police officer. Even though Guyger was fired from her position but the public is not happy that she has been charged with manslaughter instead of murder. Another case is the murder of Sherin Matthews who her father is charged with her murder and her mother is charged with child abandonment. He said that he will learn more about these cases to take a closer look.
Another plan that he will do is to re-educate prosecutors who work closely with drug use and abuse. He also stated that all prosecutors will also need mental health training for a better approach for nonviolent cases related to mental illness offenders.