Creuzot said his office will not prosecute theft cases where the value is under $750 unless the evidence shows the theft was for economic gain.
"Study after study shows that when we arrest, jail, and convict people for non-violent crimes committed out of necessity, we only prevent that person from gaining the stability necessary to lead a law-abiding life. Criminalizing poverty is counter-productive for our community’s health and safety," Creuzot said.
This seems like an extremely ignorant thing to do, as a matter of policy. On a case by case basis, I can understand DAs declining to prosecute certain cases that would fit the above criteria, but making it a policy strikes me as an open invitation for people to steal, given that the only consequence for getting caught is possibly giving the stuff back (if that's even possible).
I wonder what the criteria is for "economic gain"? I assume the DA is taking about food items? maybe tissue paper? I don't know.
Then I'm wondering who it is that's okay to steal from? Can I go to Dallas county and steal a pig from a homesteader, kill it,and cook it and eat it if I'm hungry?
I'm sure the DA means well, and is trying to give some down-on-their-luck bloke a break, but what about the poor buzzard who instead of pissing away what little money they had on sex,drugs,and rock and roll, spent it on a pig to raise for their family?
In other words, yeah, horrible policy as far as I can tell