Elections, Power, and Local Control: Reining in Chief Prosecutors and Sheriffs

11 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2016

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Stephen Singer

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Janet C. Hoeffel

Tulane University - Law School

Date Written: September 3, 2016

Abstract

This paper argues that the election of chief prosecutors and sheriffs, and these officials’ narrow focus on crime control and suppression, has contributed to the problem of mass incarceration. The authors propose that the appointment of these positions by officials with broader responsibilities, like mayors, city council members, governors, and state legislators, would help remove barriers that currently prevent needed reforms in the criminal justice system.

Keywords: criminal justice, criminal law, mass incarceration

Suggested Citation

Singer, Stephen and Hoeffel, Janet C., Elections, Power, and Local Control: Reining in Chief Prosecutors and Sheriffs (September 3, 2016). 15 U. Md. L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 319 (2015), Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Research Paper No. 2016-08, Tulane Public Law Research Paper No. 16-13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2847135

Stephen Singer (Contact Author)

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Janet C. Hoeffel

Tulane University - Law School ( email )

6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

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