December 21, 2022
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has released its Five Year Report highlighting award-winning diversion programs, juvenile justice reforms and the number of defendants who have been diverted from the criminal justice system both pre-arrest and pre-trial, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“In my first term of service, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office tackled the toughest hurdles it has ever seen,” Ogg said. “We faced the devastating losses wrought by Hurricane Harvey and the COVID-19 pandemic that created volatile situations in our communities and resulted in the worst backlog of criminal cases in our history.”
To get through it, the District Attorney’s Office became a “paperless” prosecution office by scanning more than 50 million pages. Additionally, the office is moving forward with a strategic plan to reduce the case backlog that has yielded a steady decrease in overall cases while focusing on getting Harris County’s most violent and dangerous criminals to trial and bringing justice to crime victims and their families, Ogg said.
Other highlights of the report include:
Read the entire report here: https://app.dao.hctx.net/sites/default/files/HCDA_FiveYearReport_digital%2012.20.pdf