About Community Prosecution

In April of 2001, the Department of Justice awarded a Community Prosecution Planning Grant to the City of Dallas, Dallas City Attorney's Office. City Attorney Madeline Johnson tasked Assistant City Attorney Roxann Pais with identifying Dallas communities that would benefit from a Community Prosecution approach. After reviewing crime data, neighborhood maps and census statistics and meeting with local stakeholders, the neighborhoods of Old East Dallas and South Dallas/Fair Park were selected as the first two communities to receive a Community Prosecutor.

Currently, Community Prosecutors are assigned to serve in each of the seven police divisions/code districts.  The Community Prosecution team is composed of 12 Assistant City Attorneys, 10 Code Officers assigned from the Department of Code Compliance, and three support staff. The team is led by Chief Community Prosecutor Adam McGough, who is supported by Deputy Chief Community Prosecutor Maureen Milligan.