Jessica Pishko


Jessica Pishko is an independent journalist and lawyer who has been writing about the criminal legal system for a decade with a focus on the political power of law enforcement officials.

Since 2018, she has been focused on American sheriffs and their role—past and present—in perpetuating mass incarceration and white supremacy as well as how sheriffs present a growing threat to democracy in this country.

Her book The Highest Law in the Land, about the roots and rise of sheriffs in America, is under contract with Dutton.

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