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

Josie Duffy Rice


Matt Ferner


Ethan Brown

Lead Editor

Cassi Feldman

Senior Editor

Matthew McKnight

Senior Editor

Rachel Brody

Senior Editor

Malecia Walker

Senior Copy Editor

Ethan Corey

Senior Fact Checker and Researcher

Aaron Morrison

Senior Staff Reporter

Kira Lerner

Staff Reporter

Raven Rakia

Staff Reporter

Joshua Vaughn

Staff Reporter

Lauren Gill

Staff Reporter

Rebecca Kavanagh

Media Relations Director

Keri Blakinger

Senior Contributor

Sarah Leonard

Senior Contributor

Jessica Pishko

Senior Contributor

Adam H. Johnson

Senior Contributor, Media Frame

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Contributing Writer

Meg O'Connor

Contributing Writer

The Political Report

Daniel Nichanian

Political Report 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