Dallas County Report Overview

Dallas County is putting far too many Black, Latino. And low-income White women and men in jail unnecessarily. Although there are people in our justice system attempting to incorporate special programs we are still falling short in the fight to reduce incarceration, hold police, judges and prosecutors accountable and prevent gun violence.


This LIVE FREE County Best Practices Scorecard provides a snapshot of the policies and practices that are decimating Dallas County’s communities of color through irresponsible prosecution of young Black and Latino men and women, setting bail that average community members cannot afford, private prison profiteering and refusing to hold law enforcement officers accountable for police misconduct and murder. The truth is that there’s a Ferguson in Dallas County. Download the complete scorecard.


In key areas, Dallas County falls short of best practices for promoting community safety and reducing the number of people entangled in the criminal justice system. The county is missing opportunities taken by other communities to improve safety and justice. Download a complete summary of Dallas’ failing policies.


This report is a call for leadership. Elected law enforcement officials, here in Dallas County, and across the United States, must choose whether to provide leadership to end mass incarceration and criminalization, or step aside, and let others lead. Download the Dallas County full report and jump to page 16 for a policy guide of best practices.