“The bill, known as the First Step Act, would take modest steps to reform the criminal justice system and ease very punitive prison sentences at the federal level. It would affect only the federal system — which, with about 181,000 imprisoned people, holds a small but significant fraction of the US jail and prison population of 2.1 million.” With the president (and now the Senate Majority Leader) now open to the bill, we may finally get (a small amount of) sentencing reform. Vox: The First Step Act criminal justice reform bill, explained.

+ CNN: Half of US adults have immediate family member who has been in jail or prison. Here are more details behind that number.