What Democrats Get Wrong About Prison Reform John Pfaff, Politico

Painting a Distorted Picture of Crime ‘Spikes’ in New York City Adam Johnson, The Appeal

Why Jay-Z’s Roc Nation-NFL Deal Is So Puzzling Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic

Eric Reid calls Jay-Z’s reported NFL ownership stake ‘despicable’ Alex Andrejev, Washington Post

The Federal Prisoner Transit System – aka “Diesel Therapy – Is Hell Michael Rothenberg, The Marshall Project

Delaware gov. signs bills allowing ex-offenders easier time joining workforce Jeanne Kuang, Delaware News Journal

Insurance Companies Are Paying Cops To Investigate Their Own Customers Kendall Taggart, BuzzFeed News

The Metastasis of the Misdemeanor System Brandon Garrett, Boston Review

Opportunity Costs: Unequal Justice in Alabama’s Community Corrections Programs Southern Poverty Law Center

CNN’s Van Jones, Probation and Parole Leaders Endorse Call to Reduce and Reimagine Supervision Jeremy Loudenback, The Chronicle of Social Change

Gov. Newsom grants pardon to Susan Burton, who assists women returning to society after prison (California) Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times

We visited an ICE jail after playing an incarcerated person and guard on “Orange Is the New Black” Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver, Salon

This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Mysterious Midwestern Murders Vulture

Michelle Carter case to become true-crime drama series Isaac Feldberg, Boston Globe

Widow of Murder Victim Sues ‘Fatal Attraction’ Producers for Defamation Scott MacFarlane, NBC Washington