What We Do
The Tarrant County Office of the District Attorney is tough on crime and vigorous in the pursuit of justice and conviction integrity. We’ve accomplished a lot over the past three years:
We have increased cooperation and communication with local law enforcement agencies by providing liaison prosecutors and investigators to meet at the police departments to address criminal justice issues. I also regularly meet with the police chiefs – together we have already made improvements in local criminal justice procedures.
Our office uses data to determine our criminal justice needs and enhances our prosecution in those areas. We have new teams for Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Financial Fraud and have increased our efforts for Special Victims and Juvenile.
In order to increase community outreach and public awareness, we have published the first DA’s Office annual report in Texas which we supplement with quarterly newsletters. Our yearly Citizen’s Prosecutor Academy and 70 speakers on criminal justice topics ensure that we are available to whoever is interested in the Tarrant County criminal justice system.
Realizing that not everyone deserves a conviction, we have expanded the Deferred Prosecution Program and have partnered with bar associations and community partners to increase the availability of expunctions and non-disclosures.
Our Conviction integrity team was only the 17th in the nation when it was established in 2015. It has been a leader in assuring procedural justice and addressing scientific changes in forensics.
As your District Attorney, I am committed to honesty, transparency, and accountability at every level of our office. Since taking office, I have not been one to shy away from tough cases. I believe every victim and every defendant deserves their day in court, and it is our commitment to ensure justice, even in the most difficult of cases. We are committed to be a resource for knowledge and direction for victims of crime and our staff approaches each case with a commitment to compassion.
I recognize that every dime we spend is hard-earned tax dollars and we have established efficient operations, allowing the office to come in under-budget every year, while also meeting challenges of growing population and increased technology.