Explore Criminal Justice on the 2020 Ballot

Thousands of prosecutors, sheriffs, governors, and attorneys general will be elected in 2020, on the heels of a series of wins by candidates who ran on fighting mass incarceration in 2019. These offices set the policies that shape the prison population, the criminal legal system, cooperation with ICE, and much more.
This page features the Appeal: Political Report’s ongoing coverage and analyses of these often-overlooked but crucial elections. Explore stories and candidate interviews by The Appeal and the Political Report.
The Political Report provides additional resources: A calendar of 2020 elections, with the full list of counties electing their sheriffs and prosecutors. A spreadsheet that identifies candidates for prosecutor and sheriff shortly after a state’s filing deadline.


Dec. 2019: Texas Q&As

In Texas, D.A. Who Promised Reform Now Faces Challenge From the Left: Read The Appeal’s Q&As with Audia Jones and Carvana Cloud, in Harris County