The Badge: Spotlight on Sheriffs

Sheriffs shape jail conditions and enjoy great policy discretion on matters ranging from immigration to solitary confinement, but their authority and decisions are often overlooked, which poses a challenge for change and accountability. Each edition of The Badge, a series on The Appeal: Political Report, will examine a facet of the powers and responsibilities of sheriffs.

You can also read about ongoing sheriffs’ elections in our 2019 portal.

Part 3. Policing practices

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's SWAT team (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images