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Katie Jane Fernelius
Through fees and forced labor, sheriffs typically exacerbate the financial costs of incarceration, but they could also mitigate them.
Even with the recent creation of the Juvenile Sentence Review Board, the governor's process for granting clemency remains unclear.
New Orleans DA Jason Williams is making changes to remedy excessive sentencing, obstacles to parole, and convictions made by nonunanimous juries.
The measure may pave the way for more sheriff candidates who want to challenge mass incarceration, but are currently banned from running.
The new DA of Athens wants to bring down Georgia’s sky-high probation rate. She also announced an end to marijuana prosecutions and the death penalty.
In the nation’s incarceration capital, activists push for a prosecutor who will make sweeping reforms.
Angel Harris and Nandi Campbell will become criminal court judges, bucking the norm of former prosecutors filling the role.
These candidates are highlighting the power of judges to challenge mass incarceration.
The retirement of a notoriously harsh DA has opened the door for criminal justice reform in New Orleans.
A heated race for New Orleans First City Court Judge highlighted the power judges have to limit evictions, as millions of Americans are at risk of losing their homes.