Piper French
This California election pits a prosecutor who is warning of crime outside his county to a challenger who blames him for deflecting from the OC’s own problems.

Criminal Justice Elections

Which Counties Elect Their Prosecutors and Sheriffs in 2022?

Under the hood of the federal midterms, 2022 will shape criminal legal institutions around the nation.

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Who Runs Our Elections?

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Long ReadS

May 5, 2022

A Future for Susanville

Plans to shutter a California prison offer halting glimpses of a different world: an economy that doesn’t revolve around incarceration, a country where losing your job isn’t tantamount to ruin, and an opening for abolition.
Piper French,
March 17, 2022

Waiting for a Second Look

People given lengthy sentences at a young age are seeking relief through D.C.’s landmark sentencing reforms, but they face hurdles due to the pandemic and a dysfunctional federal prison system.
Will Lennon,
February 9, 2022

Vacancies and Zombie Commissioners Leave Opening for Parole Reform in New York

Upcoming appointments by Governor Kathy Hochul could push New York’s parole board away from a culture of perpetual punishment
Nick Pinto,

What’s on The Ballot

Chronicling the Country’s Fragmented Elections

Thousands of public officials have decisive roles in policy-making. Our cheat sheets and databases offer resources on who has the power to do what, and how they come to be in power.