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Kim Ogg: Guiding Principles of the Harris County District Attorney

The paramount goals of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office are public safety and evidence-based justice for all. This means obtaining a just result for the victim, the accused, and the community in every case. The guiding principles for achieving these goals are fairness, integrity, and transparency.




  • Our first consideration is public safety.
  • We will use taxpayer money efficiently.
  • We will make evidence-based, not relationship-based decisions.
  • We will constantly strive for equality in our use of prosecutorial discretion.
  • We will treat all crime victims and those accused with dignity and fairness.
  • We recognize mental illness is a public health concern.
  • We will collaborate with other governmental and law enforcement agencies to more effectively solve and prosecute crimes.
  • Crimes requiring subject matter expertise will be handled by specialty divisions.
  • We will actively promote input and participation by the diverse communities of the Greater Houston area.
  • We will use technology to improve case management, service to our constituents, and employee accountability.
  • While mindful of our duty to see that justice is done, as representatives of the people, we will be transparent in our actions.
  • In every action, we will ensure that professional integrity is paramount.