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THE POLITICS OF PROSECUTORS

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A growing number of prosecutors are reforming their local criminal legal systems, fueled by activists’ calls for change and rising electoral mobilization around district attorney races. Many other prosecutors are fighting reform, whether locally or through statewide lobbying. Some even do both.

The Appeal: Political Report has launched a new interactive page to track how the reform movement is affecting the practices and policies of prosecutors nationwide. What reforms are they rolling out, and are they actually implementing them? Who is more ambitious in their proposals, and who is most resistant to targeting mass incarceration? After all, prosecutors enjoy tremendous discretion, and policies they set—like whether to seek bail, to treat minors as adults, or to prosecute marijuana cases—impact the scale of mass incarceration.

Explore these developments chronologically below, or geographically with this interactive map HERE.

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Posted: June 8, 2020

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Posted: June 7, 2020

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Posted: June 6, 2020

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Posted: May 26, 2020

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Posted: May 22, 2020

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Posted: May 17, 2020

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Posted: May 11, 2020

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