Approximately 500 prosecutors and sheriffs will be elected in 2019. These officials are responsible for setting a wide range of policies that impact detention conditions, incarceration rates, cooperation with ICE, and much more. Yet they receive the attention they deserve too infrequently. The Appeal: Political Report has identified the jurisdictions that will be electing their prosecutor and/or their sheriff in 2019, and will return to these elections throughout the year. (Read our first preview here.)
Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia will select many if not all of their prosecutors or sheriffs this year. Just a handful of counties including San Francisco will hold solitary elections elsewhere. The map below also depicts the most populous counties with elections and the counties whose participation in ICE’s 287(g) program is at stake.
Read our preliminary preview of these elections.