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Civil rights champion Lee Merritt is running for Texas Attorney General!


When Being “Tough on Crime” Is a Political Liability

District attorney races are rarely competitive. Roughly 85 percent of incumbents run unopposed in campaigns that draw little fanfare. The result, some criminal justice experts say, is that tough-on-crime DAs have reigned for decades, driving a nearly 30-year surge in jail and prison populations with their aggressive charging and sentencing policies.