Jail Diversion

If elected, one of my key goals over my 1st term is to work the District Attorney’s office and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department to create a program for people who cannot get out of jail. Currently, the Dallas District Attorney’s office sponsors a program for 1st time offenders that allows these people to have their case dismissed. It is …

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Addiction and Substance Abuse

If elected judge, another one of my concerns will be to make sure individuals with substance abuse problems are better served. Many defendants with addictions are not receiving the treatment they require, and also get caught in that cycle of repeatedly taking jail pleas, that eventually lands them in felony court. There are several felony courts that are used to …

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Bail Reform

Our current bail system has a history of targeting the poor and working class. Many have financial difficulty affording an attorney, or paying bonds, and subsequently spend weeks to months in jail for minor misdemeanors such as criminal trespassing or possession of marijuana. Dallas County spends hundreds of thousands of dollars housing this particular population in our county jail. While …

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Mental Health

If elected judge, one of my main concerns will be to make sure individuals with mental health issues are better served. Many defendants with mental illness are not receiving the treatment they require, and are caught in a cycle of repeatedly taking jail pleas, sometimes several times a year. These individuals can spend decades in and out of the system …

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