Turahn Jenkins for District Attorney
Turahn has represented clients in all stages of the criminal justice system in both Allegheny County and surrounding counties. He worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Allegheny County Office from January of 2006 until October of 2008. After leaving the District Attorney’s Officer, Turahn went into private practice for over 4 years. Then in February of 2013, Turahn was hired as the Deputy of Pre-Trial Division for the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender. In January of 2016, he was promoted to Chief Deputy Public Defender where he worked until he decided to run for District Attorney. Throughout his time in the Public Defender’s Office, Turahn was also an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University School of law and taught an adult and juvenile Public Defender Law Clinic. Turahn is currently a criminal defense attorney working in private practice.
Turahn was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Monroeville. He now lives in Churchill with his wife, Di’Ray, and their two children. Turahn went to Gateway High School, attended undergrad at Indiana University of PA, and graduated from Duquesne Law School.
“My vow was and is to continue to fight for all communities. I have spent my entire professional career seeking justice and equality for everybody. One of the greatest gifts of serving other people is knowing you could have a positive impact on someone’s life’s trajectory. Whether working in my capacity as a social worker, assistant district attorney, private criminal defense attorney, public defender, administrator or law professor, the pursuit of justice has always been my motivation, and a major influence on my decision to enter this race.” —Turahn Jenkins