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.
Where Does Your State Rank?
Use our interactive tool to learn where your state stands. Are women of all races and men of color fairly represented among your state's elected officials?
White Men Are 90 Percent of Elected Sheriffs
New Report: 90 Percent of Elected Sheriffs Are White Men
Reflective Democracy Campaign: Arbery Case Shows Need For Diverse Prosecutors
Women of Color Prosecutors Face Intersectional Malice