District attorneys, sheriffs, state lawmakers, and other state and local officials wield immense power over the criminal justice system and law enforcement practices.

The Appeal: Political Report explores the local politics of mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. We highlight often-overlooked but highly consequential local elections, political organizing on these issues, upcoming legislation, and policies and decisions implemented by local officials. Learn more and read our latest coverage.


The Latest on the Appeal: Political Report

Revisit the politics of criminal justice reform that were on the 2018 ballot 

Key races:   Prosecutor   Sheriff   Referendum   Governor   Attorney General   Legislator
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Explore our analyses of the election’s aftermath