About The Appeal: Political Report

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 issues relating to mass incarceration, policing, and immigration policy have grown more salient in many types of races—for sheriff, prosecutor, governor, mayor, legislators, and county commissions. This has amplified national debates, and upended the relationships between prosecutors, sheriffs, and other politicians.

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.

This present website, The Appeal: Political Report, is edited by Daniel Nichanian. Contact: daniel.nichanian (at) theappeal.org

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For now, you can explore our interactive maps of recent reforms and activism at the state-level, of upcoming 2018 elections, and of already-resolved 2018 elections. Or browse the menu!