In the context of the COVID pandemic and increased calls for accountability in the criminal system, the Reflective Democracy Campaign tapped our data to craft a demographic profile of American sheriffs, who manage county jails and a wide range of law enforcement activities, yet operate with less oversight than local police chiefs or commissioners.
Elected prosecutors play a key role in a system biased against people of color, yet as our 2014 report revealed, 95% of them are white. In 2019, when we examined prosecutors again, nothing had changed on race, but in just five years, the gender balance had shifted.
In the summer of 2014, the Reflective Democracy Campaign compiled race and gender data on elected prosecutors. Our findings? Race and gender disparities were plaguing the sector.