Maine Law grad Jarvis Parsons is a top county prosecutor in Texas
Aug. 29, 2013
Brazos County, Texas, got a new District Attorney this year: University of Maine School of Law alumnus Jarvis Parsons.
Parsons, a member of the class of 2001, replaced the retiring Bill Turner, who had held the job for 28 years. Parsons was elected to the position in Brazos County, which has a population of nearly 200,000 and is about 80 miles northwest of Houston. The county is home to Texas A&M University in College Station.
Parsons grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana., and attended McNeese State University before enrolling at Maine Law. He told newspaper reporters in Texas that he “got the bug for prosecution” while working for the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office in Portland. Parsons was hired as an assistant district attorney in Brazos County in 2002, and has tried a variety of felony cases including thefts, burglaries, assaults and capital murders.
The safety of his own family, including a young daughter, motivated Parsons to run for district attorney last year.
“This is real stuff,” Parsons told the Eagle newspaper. “People get hurt and when they do, somebody has to step up and say, ‘No, we’re not going to deal with these games’.”