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Project September 22, 2021

Sheriffs and Their Kingdoms


Sheriffs rule their counties without oversight, and often, at a high cost to the citizens they are sworn to protect. Sheriffs and Their Kingdoms explores that power and cost, showing how a reluctance to embrace new training protocols and independent reviews keeps problem deputies in place.

The North Carolina News Collaborative and investigative reporter Mandy Locke surveyed residents across the state to learn about the lasting impact of encounters with deputies.