Why can’t Dallas County judges clear more cases? Millions of dollars are at stake.

In Dallas County, commissioners say they’re at the point of crisis due to the backlog. 

And they’re blaming judges.  

It all boils down to this: The state of Texas requires that counties clear 90 percent of their dockets by August 1 every year for five years in a row or risk losing a $50 Million grant. 

But Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price says that, if you average out the productivity of all 17 felony criminal judges in Dallas County, they’re only holding around 12 trials a year. Historically, Price says, they’ve averaged more than 24 a year.

As Rebecca pointed out to the Jasons, every one of the thousands of unadjudicated cases represents a victim in limbo — so a lot is at stake.  

Listen to this episode of Y’all-itics to find out what else Rebecca’s learned about this problem in other parts of the state, and what she means when she says that Dallas County Commissioners are so frustrated they are about to start naming names in an effort to “motivate” the judges to clear more cases.

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