Explore Criminal Justice on the 2021 Ballot

Many prosecutors, sheriffs, governors, mayors, and other state and local officials will be elected in 2021, on the heels of a series of wins by candidates who ran on fighting mass incarceration in 2019 and 2020. These offices set the policies that shape the prison population, the criminal legal system, cooperation with ICE, and much more.
The Appeal: Political Report will report and analyze the stakes and debates around these often-overlooked but crucial elections throughout the year. You can explore our ongoing coverage below.
Our calendar of 2021 elections will give you the full list of counties electing their sheriffs and prosecutors this year. (Look ahead to what counties will have elections in 2022.)