In January 2017, Judge Huff was hand selected by her predecessor, Judge Rick Magnis (Ret.) to be the presiding judge of the Second Chance Community Improvement Program. SCCIP is the first-ever felony community court in Dallas County. The SCCIP Court participants range between the ages of 17 and 30 and must have been arrested in or reside in the 75210, 75215, 75216 and 75223 zip codes. They participate in a 9-24 month pre-trial diversion program aimed at improving participants’ lives through particularized strategies of building support systems, coping skills and providing services that aid them inmaking better choices. Upon completion of the program the participants’ cases are dismissed and expunged.
In 2018 SCCIP received the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Equity and Inclusion Award for its excellence and leadership in demonstrating and promoting cultural proficiency in treatment court services. SCCIP has recently partnered with the Lone Star Justice Alliance to expand the program, admit more participants and offer young offenders an alternative to incarceration.
Judge Huff along with Dallas County Judges, Shequitta Kelly, Lisa Green and Amber Givens-Davis, created P2P and partnered with the Dallas Independent School District to engage students in a four-month curriculum based on the criminal justice system. Students learn about the Texas Penal Code and punishment consequences in conjunction with daily problem-solving life skills to change and create positive mindsets. P2P is a program to educate and inform high school age students in an effort to keep them out of the prison system and disrupt the “Pipeline to Prison” narrative.
The rise in police shootings of unarmed minorities along with attacks on law enforcement across the country, have exasperated the distrust and unrest between the two groups in our communities. In response to this unrest, Judge Huff implemented the BLEND initiative. Through BLEND, law enforcement officers go into local schools and address the concerns of our youth and the police with hopes of bridging the divide and creating unity.
Judge Huff has partnered with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Dallas County Public Defender’s office to provide summer internships to deserving law students from her alma mater, the University of Kansas School Of Law. The students have an opportunity to intern with both offices in addition to the judiciary to develop an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system.