Issues

Tough on Crime, Seeking Justice

Tough on Crime, Seeking Justice

Our police catch criminals, but it’s up to the District Attorney to keep them off the streets. Whether cracking down on gangs or protecting seniors from con artists, Sharen and her office are holding offenders accountable, delivering justice, and making Tarrant County safer for us all.

 

Putting Victims First

Putting Victims First

Crime should never occur in the first place, but when it does, Sharen’s office is there to advocate for and support victims. Whether that means a protective order to thwart a violent abuser or providing resources for emotional support, Sharen and the department under her leadership are committed to getting justice for victims and helping them move on with their lives.

 

Cracking Down on Intimate Partner Violence

Cracking Down on Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic violence and intimate partner violence are among the most prevalent violent crimes in Tarrant, occurring at above the national average in our county. Sharen is fighting back not only through tough prosecution of offenders, but through education, community partnerships, and resources for victims. Sharen was the first Tarrant County DA to create an Intimate Partner Violence Unit and is determined to curb this crisis.

 

Reform and Rehabilitation

Reform and Rehabilitation

Sharen is tough, but fair – and believes in second chances. Her office offers young first-time offenders of non-violent crimes a chance to complete a rehabilitation program under supervision to become productive citizens of our community—not career criminals.

 

Fighting Elder Financial Fraud

Fighting Elder Financial Fraud

Sharen has spearheaded the effort to protect seniors from every scam artist and exploitative person, even if that person is a relative or caregiver. The Elder Financial Fraud Unit, created by Sharen, prosecutes those who target seniors, works diligently to retrieve their assets, and provides education to law enforcement, businesses and community organizations on how to prevent elder fraud in our community.

 

Consistent Results, Consistently Under Budget

Consistent Results, Consistently Under Budget

Every year she has been in office, Sharen has managed to operate under budget, saving taxpayers money while still holding criminals accountable and expanding the scope and outreach of the office.

 

Transparency and Integrity

Transparency and Integrity

Sharen knows that no justice system can be effective without integrity and accountability. To ensure the utmost commitment to these principles, Sharen has made the District Attorney’s office the most open and transparent in history:

  • Sharen initiated Tarrant County’s first District Attorney’s Annual Report, which was praised by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.
  • She established the Citizen Advisory Committee bringing together perspectives from all sectors of the community.
  • With a drastic 34,000% increase in police body camera footage, dash camera footage, home and business surveillance camera footage since 2012, Sharen dedicated key resources to the review and preparation of digital evidence for criminal prosecution cases.
  • Sharen founded Tarrant County’s first Conviction Integrity Unit to guarantee scrupulous and accountable prosecution, one of only 17 in the nation at the time of its founding. Her policies have been duplicated across Texas and inspired statewide integrity legislation.
  • Established the Citizen Prosecutor Academy – offering 11 weeks of helpful information about the operations and initiatives of the DA’s office.
  • Completed an unprecedented number of town halls, newsletters and social media responses to make the DA’s office more accessible than ever before.