Can You Talk Your Way Out of a Life Sentence? Dashka Slater, New York Times

Trump signs bill to help eliminate backlog in rape kit testing Lauren Lantry, ABC News

Why Abolishing Bail for Some Crimes Has Law Enforcement on Edge Jesse McKinley, Alan Feuer, and Luis Ferré-Sadurni, New York Times

Bail Reform May Make New York Safer Lauren Krisai, Jason Pye, and Norman Reimer, Slate

The Dying American Prisoner Chris Feliciano Arnold, The Atlantic

On eve of legal recreational pot sales in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker pardons more than 11,000 people with weed convictions Elvia Malagón, Chicago Tribune

Deadly NJ police chases kill innocent victims, catch few crooks Andrew Ford, USA Today

A year out, First Step is powerful example for states of bipartisan criminal justice reform Michael Deegan-McCree, USA Today

Make prison safer – for staff and inmates alike Marc Levin, The Hill

Florida has hired dozens of 18-year-old prison guards in the last six months Orlando Weekly

Interviews With Five Aging NY State Prisoners Hoping For Freedom: ‘Who I Am Now Is Not Who I Was’ Gothamist

The R. Kelly Story Is Bigger Than Most People Know Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic