Texas Wesleyan University
School of Law
University of North Texas
B.S. Education, K-8th Grade
Plano Independent School District
Shepton High School
Plano Senior High School
14 years Criminal Lawyer
10 years Collin County Solo Practitioner Criminal Defense Attorney, Plano
4 years Tarrant County Prosecutor
My key platforms for change include: 1) implementing a paperless criminal justice system to expedite pleas, 2) transforming the Grand Jury Division to accommodate growing case filings, decreasing indictments and offering pre-indictment pleas, 3) restructuring resources, employees and prosecutors office-wide to facilitate case movement, 4) equipping prosecutors with tools to effectively and efficiently identify and dispose of cases “in the interest of justice” or with “prosecutorial discretion” and 5) providing millions of dollars in instant and ongoing savings to Collin County by reducing the jail population and criminal bond caseload.
Additionally, at www.electcaseydavis.com, home page, Modern Prosecution, I have included a list of all changes I would implement as the District Attorney of Collin County.
I would support the use and expansion of drug courts, proper use of DNA evidence to increase identification and arrests, monitored public surveillance cameras, helping ex-offenders secure well-paying jobs and housing, programs focused on educating youth, prosecutor led training for law enforcement and increased police presence in "hot spots".
The District Attorney’s office will continue to face increased criminal case filings. Currently, millions of county tax dollars are being spent housing inmates, $69.79 per inmate each day, while the cases go unresolved for 6 months to 2 years. The cases are ultimately disposed of with a plea offer, reduced charge, dismissal, refusal letter, no bill or trial. These resolutions MUST happen earlier in the case and I will work tirelessly with my team to make this happen! The Sherriff is seeking county tax dollars to build more jail space, but there are better solutions to our growth that a District Attorney can facilitate. A District Attorney’s job is multi-faceted: keeping the community safety and being tough on crime while maintaining an economically wise and fiscally conservative criminal justice system. I will coordinate meetings with relevant agencies and officials to propose a criminal justice structure that will effectuate a reasonable criminal budget for Collin County.
The effect of our county’s growth on our criminal justice system, the safety of our community and the way our tax dollars are spent. Collin County criminal justice is currently stagnant, cases are not being resolved, courts are backlogged, dockets are overcrowded, prosecutors are stretched too thin, and important cases are not getting the time and attention needed. Last year there were over 700 new criminal filings per court, and we are still growing! New leadership equipped with training and experience to handle this growth is essential now. Prosecutors must be proficiently trained in and comfortable with quick movement of their caseload. An effective prosecutor is not be afraid to move cases efficiently and this does not detract from being tough on crime, rather frees up prosecutors to be extremely tough when needed. I have been trained in case movement during my years as a Tarrant County prosecutor and I will pass this training on to my team for the benefit of Collin County.
Baylor University with honors 1986
University of Virginia School of Law 1991
Collin County District Attorney (2011-present); Judge, Collin County Court at Law No. 6 (2005-2009); Child Advocate of Year (2015); TX Superlawyer (2004, 2005); Bd of Dir., TDCAA; Bd of Dir. Children's Adv. Center; fmr CCBA Pres; Opioids Task Force
I believe we can continue to leverage the potential of new technologies to more effectively and efficiently fight crime in Collin County. For instance, I believe the wide-spread usage of body worn cameras by Collin County law enforcement has the potential to transform policing (and prosecution) to a more modern and professional standard. Also, I believe that we can make better use of cloud-based data storage and transfer to more effectively collect law enforcement information and more efficiently transfer it to all the necessary stakeholders in the criminal justice system.
Although crime suppression is largely a function of effective policing, I believe the District Attorney can support this effort. Specifically, as the police move towards intelligence-led policing strategies that target the most prolific and violent offenders (so-called “Impact Offenders”) in their cities, we as prosecutors can leverage that information to ensure that these offenders don’t evade justice at the courthouse. That’s why under my leadership, the District Attorney’s Office has increased the communication and intelligence sharing between us and our police agencies so we can proactively identify these “Impact Offenders” for prosecution.
The greatest challenge that our growth presents to a District Attorney is how to continue to keep the public safe from violent and habitual offenders and yet also be a good steward of the taxpayer’s money. The ability for a District Attorney to effectively and efficiently distinguish between those offenders who need incarceration (either pre-trial or post-trial) versus those that don’t, is the core competency for today’s fiscally-responsible conservative prosecutor. This competency can only be achieved by the type of hard-earned experience I possess.
How to keep Collin County’s best days ahead of us. A prosecutor’s sworn duty is to seek justice, not just convictions. But justice is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. It could mean the death penalty for some & a diversion program for others.
Stephen Covey famously said that we should begin things with the end in mind.
For evildoers, it's to make them pay for their horrific crimes, to lock them up where they’ll be unable to rape another child or kill another person.
For surviving victims & loved ones of murder victims, it's for them is to get them from a place of pain, sorrow, & heartache, to a place of peace, safety, & resilience. To gently guide them through a criminal justice process that's often confusing & even hostile to their interests.
For young, nonviolent offenders who wish to own their conduct & change their ways , it's to give them a hand up; to grant them the opportunity & support to acquire life & job skills: to responsibly journey from burden to blessing.