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After a scandal engulfed some of L.A.’s most powerful politicians, a slate of progressive candidates is running on new approaches for tackling homelessness and mass incarceration.
Francisco Aviles Pino
Four first-time candidates could grant progressives a majority on the Board of Alders and transform public safety and housing policy.
Two progressive candidates will move on to the general election, while Lewis Reed, a figure in St. Louis’s Democratic party establishment since 1999, couldn’t carry a single ward.
Jennifer Carroll Foy is a former public defender and state legislator who wants to overhaul school funding and extend an eviction moratorium until the end of 2022.
In a forum with people experiencing homelessness, Democratic candidates criticized the mayor’s affordable housing plans, embraced a ‘right to housing,’ and rejected police intervention on homelessness calls.
Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls wants voters to send him to Congress despite his department’s history of jail deaths and allegations of racial-profiling.
The Adolescent Redemption Project, a new group organized by Michigan prisoners sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, is advocating for progressive prosecutors.
In a presidential election likely to take weeks or months to decide, the race to name a winner on Nov. 3 could do tremendous damage to the integrity of the vote-counting process.
Between the global pandemic and a nationwide economic crisis, voting rights advocates see a ‘perfect storm of barriers’ ahead that could prevent millions of people from casting a ballot in November.
Chesa Boudin is just 240 votes behind Suzy Loftus, even after local law enforcement spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat him.
Our response to crime should focus on healing and accountability, not punishment and retribution.
Establishment candidate Melinda Katz declared a narrow victory in the New York City borough’s district attorney primary, but progressive Tiffany Cabán pushed the race to the left on issues like marijuana and sex work.
The backlash is underway against a recent wave of prosecutors who champion criminal justice reform. Here are some methods of attack.
Adam H. Johnson
‘How are we making sure that we’re not just building and building a system that we know is not necessarily effective?’
Josie and Clint talk judicial elections with Alicia Bannon, program manager at the Brennan Center for Justice.
Josie Duffy Rice,
A series of electoral victories signals a nationwide shift.
With Appeal senior staff reporter, and co-host of the Justice in America podcast, Josie Duffy Rice.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s promise to decline to prosecute several offenses is a rejection of the punitive tradition of prosecutors and perhaps signals a new kind of reform that spurns criminal justice as a solution to public health problems.
As in Louisiana, Oregon’s practice is rooted in its own rich history of white supremacy.
From sheriffs to bail to marijuana, and more—here’s what you need to know.
No Cook County judge has lost a retention election in 28 years.
Republican misdemeanor judges in Houston have clung to an unconstitutional bail system. But their intransigence could cost them their seats.
A new report details Alabama’s “War on Marijuana” ahead of a key DA election.
Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson prosecuted Crystal Mason for casting an illegal ballot. But Wilson escaped charges for a possible election violation of her own.
As Thursday's election approaches, confusion reigns.
State Senate candidate Julia Salazar explains how sex workers’ rights is a key part of reforming criminal justice in New York.
Melissa Gira Grant
Attorney General Jeff Landry has taken a number of extreme positions on policing and sentencing in response to reform.
After Tuesday’s primary victories for reform candidates, defining a progressive agenda for prosecutors is more pressing than ever. Rashad Robinson joins Josie and Clint.
In the Berkshire County DA race, the establishment is resorting to extreme measures to ensure it maintains power and avoids change.
The judge who sentenced Brock Turner brought much-needed compassion to the bench, says public defender Sajid Khan.
Across the state, most incumbents successfully fended off progressive challengers during the June 5 primary.
But their push to unseat judges is drawing backlash from a surprising source—fellow Democrats.
Josie Duffy Rice
Vote in a Brooklyn District Attorney that Represents Your Values for the Future of Criminal Justice.