Prosecutors, sheriffs, and other local officials wield immense power over the criminal justice system. They are well-connected players who frequently lobby for or against reforms in legislatures. While these officials and their influence often fly under the radar, recent activism has cast a brighter spotlight on them. Paradigm-shifting victories for candidates championing reform has reshaped local elections and altered expectations of how is possible on mass incarceration, criminal justice practices, policing, and immigration policy.
The Appeal: Political Report casts a brighter light on the local politics of mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. It highlights often-overlooked but highly consequential local elections, drawing out their stakes, contrasts, and repercussions. It focuses on policies and decisions implemented by local officials to reveal the political choices sustaining mass incarceration, and on alternatives that call those choices into question. It will continue providing new tools that show how this national movement is made up of a multitude of decentralized struggles.
The Appeal: Political Report is edited by Daniel Nichanian. (Contact: daniel.nichanian (at) theappeal.org). You can sign up to receive Political Report content in a weekly newsletter form.
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Visit our main website, The Appeal, for more in-depth coverage of the criminal justice system and law enforcement practices.
Here is a menu of some of the resources you can find on the present site:
- Follow our coverage of the local elections for prosecutor and sheriff occurring in 2019.
- Use our interactive page that features the latest developments on state legislation relevant to criminal justice and law enforcement.
- Read our series on state-specific organizing efforts to end felony disenfranchisement, and to target county-level ICE agreements.
- Read our new series on the role and powers of sheriffs.
- Revisit how criminal justice reform played out in the 2018 elections through this interactive map previewing dozens of local elections, and this resource on where cooperation with ICE was on the line.
You can also access our latest articles and dives into the local and state politics of criminal justice systems.