About Us


Who We Are:

The Appeal is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to exposing how the U.S. criminal legal system fails to keep people safe and, instead, perpetuates harm. Our work shows the human and economic costs of our expansive carceral system, equips people with the tools to make change, and elevates solutions that seek to create a safer society without clinging to punitive responses.

We produce fact-based reporting and analysis that center the voices of the people affected most by our country’s over-reliance on policing, jails, and prisons. We have a special focus on communities and policy debates often ignored by traditional national media, or lost in the consolidation and closure of local news outlets.

Where We’ve Been:

On June 30, 2021, management of the former Appeal shut us down just weeks after staff announced that we had formed a union. We have since been working behind the scenes to build a new organization and take over The Appeal.

How We Operate:

As an organization built by former employees, The Appeal operates as a worker-led, nonprofit newsroom. Our transition team works collectively to make decisions and take action on all aspects of our work, from editorial to operations.

Where We’re Going:

We still have work to do, money to raise, and people to hire before we are fully up and running. But we’re thrilled to share with you that we will be publishing a special package of stories again in November 2021. Check back for more updates!

For more about our team, see our masthead. You can also read our editorial independence and donor transparency policies here.

Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact info@theappeal.org

For media inquiries, please contact press@theappeal.org