New Dallas County program helps young felons get a new start


DALLAS (AP) – Johnathan Monroe has a dream.The Dallas Morning News ( ) reports it starts with getting his associate degree in business administration from El Centro Community College. A bachelor’s degree in marketing from a local university follows. And then one day, after years of paying dues and saving his money, he envisions opening his own advertising firm.“Working for other people is fine,” said Monroe, 18. “But I want to be my own boss. When it’s your business, you’re getting out everything you put into it. Read More

Dallas program gives another chance to young offenders

By Staff

A Dallas County judge is presiding over a special kind or court that gives ‘second chances’ and may be the only one of its kind in the country.

The goal is to inspire and motivate positive change in the largest portion of young people that are clogging up the courts — 18- to 24-year-olds.

The program takes place after indictment and before conviction. The chosen few who are successful will have their felony records expunged. Read More

Dallas Judge Strums Bieber Song for Students; Attorney Calls it “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.”

By Jennifer Emily, Writer, Dallas News

Justin Bieber made a court appearance in Dallas last week.

So, the Biebs didn’t show up in person. But one of his songs was front and center.

State District Judge Brandon Birmingham brought his guitar on the bench and played “Love Yourself” for high school students visiting with their church. All the kids attend Lincoln High School and several are singers.

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Dallas County judges on call 24/7 to sign warrants

By Sarah Mervosh, Dallas News


State District Judge Jennifer Bennett was at the State Fair of Texas this fall, watching a horse show near the petting zoo, when she got a call from a detective who needed a warrant signed.

Yes, it was after work. And yes, she was busy. Still, the judge made her to way to the edge of the fair, plopped down on a curb and waited for the detective to arrive with the paperwork.

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