Creuzot Elected Dallas DA on Justice Reform Platform

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John Creuzot, the Democratic candidate for Dallas County district attorney, handily defeated the GOP-appointed incumbent Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reports. Creuzot had captured more than 60 percent of the votes against incumbent Faith Johnson by late Tuesday night. Creuzot had predicted that Dallas County voters would opt for the reform-minded former judge over the Republican appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott last year. She most recently won praise for successfully prosecuting a white police officer for the on-duty shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Even Creuzot has praised Johnson for bringing stability to an office that weathered controversy during the end of Craig Watkins’ tenure and long absences by his successor, Susan Hawk. Hawk stepped down in 2016. Creuzot said Johnson didn’t prove that she would do much to dramatically reform the office of Dallas County’s top prosecutor and reduce mass incarceration.

Creuzot established one of the state’s first drug courts and takes credit for helping to reduce statewide prison populations. He has pledged to dismiss all first-time cases for possessing small amounts of marijuana, which he thinks will keep people who need drug treatment out of prison. He aims to treat drug use cases “more as a public health problem rather than a criminal justice problem.” In another major district attorney race, Orange County, Ca., Supervisor Todd Spitzer was leading incumbent Tony Rackauckas in a bitter race that centered on years of scandal in the office, reports the Los Angeles Times. In Bexar County, Tx., Democrat Joe Gonzales, a defense attorney who advocated for criminal justice and bail reform, won his bid for district attorney, soundly defeating Republican Tylden Shaeffer, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Democrat Rachael Rollins easily beat independent Michael Maloney for the job of Suffolk County district attorney in Boston, reports WBUR. Rollins ran as a progressive, promising the kinds of reforms seen in Chicago’s Cook County and Philadelphia. She listed 15 low-level crimes her office generally wouldn’t prosecute. They include trespassing, shoplifting and drug possession with intent to distribute.

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