Editorial: 2019 was the year L.A. County finally said ‘no’ to new jails The LA Times Editorial Board

For ex-inmates, support program gives them a second chance to avoid addiction, improve health care Rob Waters, Washington Post

Louisiana once again has nation’s highest imprisonment rate after Oklahoma briefly rose to top Lea Skene, The Advocate

Prosecutors Want New Trials for Flawed Convictions. What Happens When States Say No? Richard A. Oppel, Jr., New York Times

2019 Was a Banner Year for Drug Reform Phillip Smith, Citizen Truth

Governor’s task force backs comprehensive criminal justice reform plan (Tennessee) Sam Stockard, The Daily Memphian

Editorial: SC police need to learn from lawsuit losses. That starts with paying attention Charleston Post and Courier Editorial Staff 

Sentencing reform petition green-lighted for Thursday (Oklahoma) Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

After Being Released From Prison Under The First Step Act, Tanesha Bannister Celebrates 1st … Jeremy Hobson and Cassady Rosenblum, Here and Now (WBUR)

Why ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Still Sizzles 20 Years Later Nick Schager, Daily Beast