As the COVID pandemic shines a light on the life-and-death stakes of the demographics of power, we analyzed the race and gender of elected leaders in America's 100 largest cities.
America's sheriffs are nearly all white and male. Overseeing jails and other key law enforcement functions, they run mostly unopposed in elections, wielding great power without accountability to the communities they serve.
Tipping The Scales
In a criminal justice system widely recognized for racial bias and inequity, elected prosecutors wield most of the power, and 95% of them are white. Our latest finding: Change is possible. When women of all races and men of color compete for prosecutor seats, they win at higher rates than white men.