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John Creuzot

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Nearly two weeks after publishing a letter to the residents of Dallas County outlining a broad reform agenda, newly minted District Attorney John Creuzot is still dealing with criticism over a petty theft policy. Despite the attention, though, Creuzot's approach to theft is unlikely to be his most impactful reform. 

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If a poor person steals food or diapers or other essential items that they need but can’t afford to pay for, should they be prosecuted? Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot says no.

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In a letter addressed “to the people of Dallas County,” District Attorney John Creuzot on Thursday laid out nearly a dozen broad changes in the prosecutor’s office for Texas’ second largest county, calling the reforms “a step forward in ending mass incarceration.”

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Texas ranks second in the nation for human trafficking cases, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn was in Dallas Tuesday to highlight a new federal law he co-wrote to provide resources and funding to fight traffickers and support victims. It’s called the Abolish Human Trafficking Act, though Cornyn acknowledges there’s still a lot of work to be done to end what he calls “modern-day slavery.”

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When John Creuzot takes office in January as Dallas County district attorney, he promises to usher in a new era of prosecution.

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John Creuzot will be the next district attorney of Dallas County. Creuzot, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Faith Johnson, who'd been appointed to the job. The margin of victory was a resounding 20 percentage points.

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Elections for local prosecutors are traditionally pretty sleepy affairs, and historically, candidates have competed to show how tough they are on crime. But this year, the race to become Dallas County district attorney is bucking those trends as both candidates seek to portray themselves as changemakers working to make the criminal justice system fairer, rather than tougher.

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A former Democratic contender for Dallas County district attorney has filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud cost her the win and that the primary race should be voided.

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The losing candidate in the Democratic primary for Dallas County district attorney says she will not request a recount.

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A candidate in the Democratic primary for Dallas County district attorney says she has requested a recount after losing the race by a small margin. 

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William Roundtree is part of a cadre of ACLU canvassers knocking on doors and talking to people at bus stops and shopping centers in Dallas County to raise awareness of a district attorney’s power to change lives.

It’s a power he knows all too well.