Gratitude and Promise in a Felony District Court

Gratitude and Promise in a Felony District Court

In 2017, I had the distinct honor of taking over the Felony Domestic Violence Court (“FDV Court”). I am proud to work with a dynamic team of prosecutors, public defenders, treatment providers, community stakeholders, and case managers. The team is extraordinary, each member uniquely passionate about their role. We meet every Monday morning, discussing each participant’s progress and compliance. We all work together to accomplish the mission of the court: to keep victims safe, and end the cycle of intimate partner domestic violence.

Today was graduation day, my favorite. We added 4 graduates to the growing list of 90 who have successfully completed the demanding curriculum.

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3 Ways COVID-19 Makes the Criminal Courts Better

3 Ways COVID-19 Makes the Criminal Courts Better

The rules in place to help end the COVID-19 pandemic have had profound impacts on our lives. We’ve learned new words and phrases like “shelter in place” and “social distancing.” Businesses are closed causing many to lose their jobs. Restaurants are fighting for survival selling take-out, and retail shops are drying up. While the extent of the exact damage is nearly impossible to predict, we are surrounded by constant reminders that our economy is in significant distress. 

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Victory Demands Unity

Victory Demands Unity

Sport unifies powerfully. Hustle and effort are admired and revered. Cheating is abhorred. The rules apply the same to everyone. We don’t care where our teammates came from, what they believe, or what they stand for because we stand together. Jerseys make skin color invisible. We stand united against attack. We cheer. We applaud. We pick up the fallen. We encourage the mistaken. We all feel the sting of defeat.
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National Day of Empathy

National Day of Empathy

March 5th, 2019 is the National Day of Empathy. This national day was founded by Van Jones, CNN political commentator. Prepare Academy and Attachment Leadership have partnered with Van Jones’ organization, Cut50, to host a Dallas, Texas event in conjunction with all 50 states + Washington, D.C.

We will all participate to increase awareness and empathy for those impacted by the criminal justice system.

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New Dallas County program helps young felons get a new start

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DALLAS (AP) – Johnathan Monroe has a dream.The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/21cj3F0 ) 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 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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