Can your vote support police reform?
There are MANY offices potentially on your ballot that greatly impact the systems meant to protect your community -- and YOU get to vote for them.
Let’s go down the list, shall we?
Usually the person who appoints the chief of police and oversees/is head of the local police department. In other words, they preside over law enforcement within their locale.
Commonly the chief of a county law enforcement agency. The main difference between a sheriff and a police chief is that 1) they preside over a county and 2) YOU get to elect them directly (except in NYC, RI, and HI).
District Attorney (aka the “DA”)
Considered the highest law enforcement official for a local government area. Makes the final decision for arrest charges. DAs are either appointed by the chief executive of the jurisdiction or elected by local voters -- AKA YOU!
Most states elect their state supreme court judges, though some are appointed. They hear appeals from lower courts and decide whether or not a case is sent back for retrial.
Responsible for implementing state laws and overseeing state agencies and programs such as juvenile justice and the state police.
Makes laws that detail what is to be considered a crime, the processes for responding to and sentencing crimes, and funding for state police departments.
Congressional senators and representatives make national law, and in turn, are able to change and improve our current criminal justice system.
Head of U.S. government. Commands the armed forces, enforces federal laws, and picks the Attorney General (presides over the Department of Justice).