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Dallas DA on gun control and diminishing overcrowding in jails

Dallas DA John Creuzot joins Washington Post Live on Wednesday, Aug. 10. (Video: The Washington Post)
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The number of murders and gun assaults in major American cities fell in the first half of 2022, while some cities have seen double-digit increases in robberies and other small crimes. Washington Post criminal justice reporter Tom Jackman speaks with Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot about protecting public safety and keeping low-level offenders out of overcrowded jails.

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“The problem in Texas is… it’s almost a free gun state, I mean there are some limitations but for the most part, if you’re the average citizen, you have the right to carry a gun, buy a gun, whatever. We don’t have much by way of red flag laws. We have a governor and a lieutenant governor and an attorney general who think it’s a good idea to even carry guns in schools.” - John Creuzot (Video: Washington Post Live)
“As far as gun safety, I’ve been a proponent of that. I’ve done many town hall meetings on gun safety… I know that I don’t have the authority to restrict guns and I know that in the state of Texas under this current leadership that we have in Austin, that will not happen. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean that we can’t prosecute those cases and do everything we can when guns are used illegally.” - John Creuzot (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg on this issue and the various ramifications that will show up we cannot imagine at this time. And so I am in favor of women… and doctors making choices that are best for the women for their own healthcare. I also understand that [Dobbs] will have a disparate impact on poor women and women of color. There’ll probably be more lives lost, this state is awful on mother mortality.” - John Creuzot (Video: Washington Post Live)
“The police chief, he’s taken a different approach to violent crime. He’s looked at the people committing the crimes and the places… and rather than having this broad dragnet over certain sectors of the community, he’s focused on 300 feet by 300 feet grids. And so it’s been very effective.” - John Creuzot (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We engaged with Southern Methodist University, with two departments: the psychology department and the economics department. We did a recidivism study which showed a 68 percent reduction in recidivism and for every dollar spent, $9.34 in avoided criminal just with the cost benefit analysis… I worked with the legislature – myself and other judges and other criminal justice professionals and legislators¬, bipartisan effort ¬– to establish criteria for treatment, and expansion of treatment be it in-patient, out-patient, continuum of care, etcetera… The bottom line is we’ve closed 15 prisons in the state of Texas… That’s obviously very significant.” - John Creuzot (Video: Washington Post Live)

John Creuzot

Dallas County District Attorney