The District Attorney is the most powerful elected official you may not know.

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Here in Dallas County, the district attorney is the most powerful person in the criminal justice system -- and one of the most powerful elected officials in our community. As our community’s top prosecutor, the DA's job is to seek justice in criminal cases, work to prevent crime, and serve as a leader in the diverse communities they represent.

The district attorney has a tremendous impact on people’s lives and our community. The DA decides whether someone will be charged with a crime, which crimes to prosecute, and who gets a second chance through diversion or treatment programs. The district attorney can also use their position of power to influence state and local laws.
We have an opportunity to review the District Attorney's policies and positions on the death penalty and mass incarceration, or how they will handle cases of misconduct by police officers or prosecutors. We can ask about their vision for leadership, how they will address racial bias in the criminal justice system, and how they intend to listen to our community’s needs.
The District Attorney is an elected official and we can hold them accountable for their policies and practices – which means it’s up to us to use our voices to speak up for a fairer criminal justice system for all of Dallas County.

Meet Your DA

In November 2018, Dallas County elected John Creuzot as the new District Attorney. Throughout the campaign DA Creuzot made specific commitments to adopting a Smart Justice agenda for Dallas County. Click the photo to read commitments DA Creuzot made.

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District Attorney John Creuzot


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How did DA Cruezot Perform During his First 100 Days?

Since taking office on January 1, 2019, we’ve tracked every policy released by John Cruezot’s office in an effort to hold him accountable to our Smart Justice initiatives. So how did he perform? Take a look at DA Cruezot’s commitment progress, by the numbers:

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ACLU of Texas Comment on Dallas District Attorney-elect John Creuzot Victory

Judge John Creuzot defeated incumbent Faith Johnson in the race for Dallas County district attorney. With more than half of the votes tallied, Creuzot had a wide lead of 60 percent of the vote.


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