The Appeal produces original journalism about criminal justice that engages the public and holds officials to account. We focus on the most significant drivers of mass incarceration, which occur at the state and local level. Nearly one in four Americans has a criminal record, and state-level facilities hold 87 percent of America’s incarcerated people. We draw on deep expertise to expose the human impact of our most routine criminal justice practices.



The Appeal is a podcast about criminal justice reform, prison abolition, and everything in between. Each week we will feature in-depth interviews with those covering, working in, and most affected by the American criminal justice system. From lawyers to activists to reporters to the formerly incarcerated, The Appeal podcast will shine a light on—and help radically rethink—the largest prison state in the world.

Justice In America is a podcast that examines how our criminal justice system works and explores its impact, particularly on Black, brown, and poor people in America. A project of criminal justice journalism outlet The Appeal, the weekly series is available for download on iTunes and SoundCloud. Hosted by The Appeal writer Josie Duffy Rice and writer and teacher Clint Smith III, each episode  explains a new criminal justice issue and features conversations with experts and advocates.

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The Daily Appeal, curated by Sarah Lustbader and Vaidya Gullapalli, is a national newsletter covering an array of of criminal justice issues. More than just a digest, it also provides an in-depth examination of the topics at hand, offering a unique perspective that you won't find anywhere else.

The Political Report, curated and reported by Daniel Nichanian, is a weekly newsletter highlighting often-overlooked but highly consequential local elections, drawing out their stakes, contrasts, and repercussions.