The Badge: Spotlight on Sheriffs

Sheriffs shape jail conditions and enjoy great policy discretion on matters ranging from immigration to solitary confinement, but their authority and decisions are often overlooked, which poses a challenge for change and accountability. Each edition of The Badge, a series on The Appeal: Political Report, will examine a facet of the powers and responsibilities of sheriffs.

Part 6. How sheriffs choose to help ICE in local jails

Part 5. Sheriff powers in a public health emergency

Part 4. Bail reform and pretrial detention

Part 3. Policing practices

Part 2. The opioid crisis

Part 1. Jail deaths