As many of you know, my writing at Daily Kos focuses primarily on prosecutors: Instances of prosecutorial misconduct, examples of outsized prosecutorial power, and district attorney elections. I'm also looking at judicial misconduct and elections, and notable behavior by other courtroom actors.
I'm writing today because I need your help.
I'm going to need backup in order to ensure that I'm getting all the stories on all the thousands of prosecutors out there. That's where you come in.
Please, if you see (or hear, or read) something—say something.
I want to know what's happening in your city or county. I want to hear about the bad prosecutors, and I want to hear about the good. That goes for judges, too. I want to know what you've seen or heard.
I want to hear about the issues. I want to hear about privatized and for-profit criminal justice. Do you have news about debtors prisons, inmate mistreatment, juvenile justice? Let me know. On the civil side, I want to hear about immigration court and civil asset forfeiture. And these are just examples— there are countless other possible topics.
I want information on the patterns that you may be seeing in local courtrooms. Details about budget constraints, for example, and how such constraints affect court operations.
And I want to know about your experiences in the courtroom—as a defendant, a supporter, a victim, or a family member.
I want to know what policies you see working in your own community. And if you have policy ideas of your own, pass them on.
From the individual and personal to the systemic and institutional, I want to hear from you.
You can reach me on Twitter @_johelen, message me here, or email me separately at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out this Google form. I'm also hoping to set up SecureDrop soon, as well.
I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for your support.