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 founder and editorial director of the Political Report. Anna Simonton is the senior editor at the Political Report.

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