JOHN C. CREUZOT
Retired Judge John C. Creuzot was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and, in 1966, his family moved to Houston, Texas. Judge Creuzot graduated from Houston’s Mirabeau B. Lama High School and next attended North Texas State University, where he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1982, Judge Creuzot graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law and began a career as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas, Texas. Judge Creuzot achieved the rank of Chief Felony Prosecutor, where he supervised a team of Assistant District Attorneys as well as presenting cases to numerous Grand Juries and prosecuted death penalty cases. In 1989, looking to expand his career, Judge Creuzot entered the private practice of law until 1991, when he was appointed State District Judge of Criminal District Court 4 by then Governor Ann Richards. Judge Creuzot was elected five times and has served as a State District Judge over 21 years.
Judge Creuzot is nationally recognized as an expert in drug courts, criminal justice reform and evidence-based sentencing. His initiatives include the founding of Dallas County’s first drug court, the Dallas Initiative for Expedited Recovery and Treatment Court, DIVERT Court. The DIVERT Court program has achieved a 68% reduction in recidivism and boasts over $9.00 in avoided criminal justice costs for every dollar spent on participants in the program.
Judge Creuzot has lectured and directed seminars for the Texas Bar Association and served as a member of the following organizations; the District Six Grievance Committee for the State Bar; the Texas Punishment Standards Commission; the City of Dallas Ethics Task Force and the City of Dallas Task Force on Homelessness; the Board of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals; Advisor to the Model Penal Code Sentencing Project; and Governor Rick Perry’s Anti-Crime Commission.
Judge Creuzot’s accomplishments have been recognized and honored by numerous organizations and he has received the following awards: 1995 Mental Health Association of Greater Dallas Prism Award; 2000 National Association of Drug Court Professionals Drug Court Pioneer; National Association of Drug Court Professionals Drug Court Hall of Fame; University of North Texas President’s Award; 2005 Dallas Bar Association M.L. King Jr. Justice Award; 2005 Texas Bar Criminal Justice Section Outstanding Jurist; 2009 Texas Bar Criminal Justice Section Judge of the Year; and 2012 Dallas County Democratic Part Legacy Award.