Sheriff of Santa Clara County, California | 2018

in Santa Clara County, incarcerated people and a former undersheriff challenging five-term sheriff Laurie Smith have turned confinement conditions—including a series of deaths and the practice of keeping people in indefinite solitary confinement—into a potent electoral issue, Victoria Law reports in The Appeal. The county recently agreed to reforms, including curbing solitary confinement, as part of a legal settlement; the election will determine who oversees their’ implementation.

Read the full article in The Appeal.


update (Nov. 11): Sheriff Laurie Smith won reelection on Nov. 6.