For Many, a Lawyer Is a Luxury Out of Reach

Mississippi Says Poor Defendants Must Always Have a Lawyer. Few Courts Are Ready to Deliver

The constitutional crisis of public defenders

Some Are Jailed in Mississippi for Months Without a Lawyer. A Court Just Barred That.

In rural counties, Texas law puts low-income defendants at a disadvantage

Defense Denied

Texas Republicans want to rein in ‘rogue’ prosecutors like Dallas County DA John Creuzot

The fringe ideology of “constitutional sheriffs” is attracting believers within Texas law enforcement

Lawmakers looking at ways to make district attorneys enforce laws

Abbott Is Not Sold On Biden’s Pardon Of Marijuana Possession Charges

Biden is calling for marijuana possession pardons. But that doesn’t mean it’ll happen in Texas.

Meet the SMU law professor reshaping the Dallas law system

Many Texans are too poor to afford a lawyer, but not poor enough for courts to provide one

Police in Dallas County still making marijuana arrests despite DA policy

The Rise of Public Defense Attorneys on the Judiciary

78 Women Who Make Dallas Great

While the Dallas District Attorney race may be a rematch, a lot has changed since 2018

Defendants should get initial appearance before judge within 24 hours, report says

Dallas County bail bond reform lawsuit could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court

Rockford Black Lives Matter protestors await decision on bail hearing timing

Black People Still Majority of Cannabis Cases in Dallas County As Referrals Decline

Marijuana Arrests Dropped in Dallas County. Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrests Didn’t

Marijuana cases are down in Dallas County, but Black residents are being arrested at higher rates

Misdemeanor charges can disrupt people’s lives. Here’s what happens when district attorneys stop prosecuting them.

Dallas Is Prosecuting Fewer People for Weed Offenses

Dallas Marijuana Non-Prosecution Policy Reduced Police Referrals, SMU Study Says

En Dallas: Disminuyen enjuiciamientos por posesión marihuana

Police referrals reduced in Dallas County

Dallas County Relaxed Marijuana Enforcement and the World Didn’t End

Researchers evaluating how District Attorney John Creuzot’s relaxing marijuana enforcement affects Dallas-area pattern of arrests

Life-without-parole sentences are exploding. But America’s legal defense system hasn’t kept pace.

Community Conversation: SMU Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center Studies Dallas DA Policy

SMU Law Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center report highlights role race plays in marijuana enforcement

Evidence-based paths toward criminal justice reform

Rural justice systems low on pretrial resources leave some to languish, die

Why rural Americans struggle for equal justice

Thou Shalt Not Ration Justice

Equal justice depends on properly funding public defenders