The False Hope of “Bipartisan” Criminal Justice Reform Melissa Gira Grant, New Republic

Most Trump clemency grants bypass Justice Dept. and go to well-connected offenders Beth Reinhard and Anne Gearan, Washington Post

LAPD scandal opens window into California’s secret gang database as reforms debated Anita Chabria, Leila Miller, and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times

City Agrees to Test DNA in Landmark Case That Could Exonerate an Executed Man (Arkansas) Jeremy Stahl, Slate

Wrestling with why Georgia opposes DNA testing in death cases Bill Rankin and Joshua Sharpe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How New York’s Bail Reforms Are Playing Out In A Queens Court Bryce Covert, The Appeal

Brittany Smith Loses Her Stand Your Ground Hearing (Alabama) Elizabeth Flock, The New Yorker

Public defenders face funding crisis for sixth year in a row, report says (Louisiana) Jacqueline DeRobertis, Baton Rouge Advocate

We may finally get some justice for Bijan Ghaisar Editorial Board, Washington Post

Indiscriminate and inexplicable: a 16-hour crime spree along Maine’s quiet coastline Deanna Pan, Boston Globe

Judge declares Houston man innocent after prosecutors argue that his drug case was based on lies by former officer Goines St. John Barned-Smith, Houston Chronicle

Emma Copley Eisenberg’s Appalachian True-Crime Chronicle Upends the Genre Rachel Monroe, The Nation

True crime: The murder that changed reality TV Kristen Baldwin, Entertainment Weekly