We’re in the home stretch! Here to beat the same old drum once again and urge you to look out for your prosecutor on the ballot. There are almost 1,000 prosecutors up for election this year (not to mention all the judges!) and you should know exactly who you’ll be voting for if you don’t already.
Prosecutors are the most important players in the criminal justice system. They have an immense amount of power, control, and discretion, and often they are driven by incentives that run counter to ensuring safety and justice. They have been a primary contributor to mass incarceration in America—a country that has only about 4% of the world’s population, but 25% of its prisoners.
And yet, they are subject to almost no accountability. More than 70% of them run unopposed. Only about 30% of elected prosecutors are Democrats. About 80% of elected prosecutors are men, and a whopping 96% of them are white.
If you are in a jurisdiction with a race for district attorney (or state’s attorney, or whatever title your prosecutor has), and you want more information, please let me know! If you have questions about judges, I’ll do my best to try to help you, too.
And remember—even after the election, I’m always around to answer questions or check out tips. And if you think I should know about a specific case, incident, or prosecutor, please let me know.