About The Appeal: Political Report
Prosecutors, sheriffs, and other local officials wield immense power over the criminal legal system. They exercise vast discretion on matters like sentencing, charging, or cooperation with ICE. In addition, they are well-connected players who frequently lobby for or against reforms in legislatures. While these officials and their influence often fly under the radar, recent activism has cast a brighter spotlight on them. Paradigm-shifting victories for candidates championing reform has reshaped local elections and altered expectations of how is possible on mass incarceration, criminal justice practices, policing, and immigration policy.
The Appeal: Political Report casts a brighter light on the local politics of mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. It provides tools and platforms that cover the multitude of decentralized struggles that make up this nationwide movement. It highlights often-overlooked but highly consequential local elections, drawing out their stakes, contrasts, and repercussions. It focuses on policies and decisions implemented by local officials to reveal the political choices sustaining mass incarceration, and on alternatives that call those choices into question.
Daniel Nichanian is the founding editor of The Appeal: Political Report. (Contact: daniel.nichanian (at) theappeal.org). You can sign up to receive Daniel’s weekly Political Report newsletter.
Here are some of the resources you can find on the Political Report:
- Follow our coverage of the local elections for prosecutor and sheriff occurring in 2020. You can also revisit the 2018 and 2019 cycles with our interactive maps of content about each cycle’s electoral hot spots.
- Explore our interactive page on the latest developments on state legislation relevant to criminal justice and law enforcement.
- Explore our interactive page on the politics of elected prosecutors.
- Read our series on state-specific organizing efforts to end felony disenfranchisement, and to target county-level ICE agreements.
- Read The Badge, our ongoing series on the role and powers of sheriffs.
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