Joshua Vaughn

Joshua Vaughn is a staff reporter for The Appeal. Although his writing covers a broad array of criminal justice issues, it has a special focus on sex offender policies, the use of cash bail, and substance use in rural Pennsylvania. He was a 2016 John Jay/Harry F. Guggenheim criminal justice reporting fellow, a 2016 president’s award for excellence in news reporting recipient from Lee Enterprises and a 2017 John Jay/Measures for Justice reporting fellow.


Pleading Guilty to Get Out of Jail

The criminalization of poverty in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, has led to a staggering increase in incarcerated people, all at a huge cost for defendants and taxpayers alike.