About The Appeal

At The Appeal, we produce original journalism about criminal justice that engages the public and holds officials to account. We focus on the most significant drivers of mass incarceration, which occur at the state and local level. Nearly one in four Americans has a criminal record, and state-level facilities hold 87 percent of America’s incarcerated people. We draw on deep expertise to expose the human impact of our most routine criminal justice practices. The Appeal is an editorially independent project of The Justice Collaborative, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Advocacy.


The Appeal

Josie Duffy Rice


Matt Ferner


Ethan Brown

Enterprise Editor

Rachel Brody

Senior Editor

Craig Hunter

Senior Editor

Braden Goyette

Senior Editor

Malecia Walker

Senior Copy Editor

Ethan Corey

Senior Fact Checker and Researcher

Jerry Iannelli

Staff Reporter

Kira Lerner

Staff Reporter

Joshua Vaughn

Staff Multimedia Reporter

Lauren Gill

Staff Reporter

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Staff Reporter

Ko Bragg

Staff Reporter

Meg O'Connor

Staff Reporter

Jay Willis

Senior Contributor

Adam H. Johnson

Senior Contributor, Media Frame

Sarah Leonard

Senior Contributor

The Political Report

Daniel Nichanian

Political Report Founding Editor

The Appeal Podcasts

Josie Duffy Rice, Clint Smith

Co-hosts Justice In America

Adam H. Johnson

Host of The Appeal Podcast

The Appeal Newsletters

Sarah Lustbader

Senior Contributor

Vaidya Gullapalli

Senior Contributor