Enormous Power Without Accountability
The United States is the only country that elects its top prosecutors. The electorate is supposed to hold these prosecutors accountable. But in reality, voters often do not know who their local prosecutors are or what they do in the courthouse.
With largely unchecked power, prosecutors have played a central role in the aggressive expansion of our criminal legal system; in the explosion in our Nation’s prison population; in the code of silence surrounding police misconduct; in the surge in the number of Americans with criminal records; in the tragedy of lives and families and communities whose potential is severely limited by those convictions.