Slavery gave America a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal-justice system. Bryan Stevenson, New York Times

Inmate 76318-054: The Last Days of Jeffrey Epstein Ali Watkins, Danielle Ivory, and Christina Goldbaum, New York Times

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul country’s ‘dysfunctional criminal justice system’ Devan Cole, CNN

California Governor Promises More Changes to “Biased, Random” Justice System Abbie Vansickle, The Marshall Project

Inside The Prison Where Inmates Set Each Other On Fire and Gangs Have More Power Than Guards (Mississippi) Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica

Ohio Governor Wants to Detain Fewer Mentally Ill People Before Trial Kira Lerner, The Appeal

The FBI could fight far-right violence if they wanted to – but they don’t Mike German, The Guardian

‘It’s the racial stuff’: Illinois prison banned, removed books on black history and empowerment from inmate education program Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune

In Liberal California, A Crusader Against Criminal Justice Reform Jessica Pishko, The Appeal

More than half of Michigan juvenile lifers still wait for resentencing Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press

In Sickness, In Health – and In Prison Mia Armstrong, The Marshall Project

Prosecutor Sends Staff to Prison, in a Bid to Counter Their Reflex to Incarcerate Daniel Nichanian, The Appeal

Meet Laura Arnold, the billionaire philanthropist taking on the parole system with Jay-Z and Meek Mill Taylor Nicole Rogers, Business Insider

Man in prison for 1996 double murder in Kansas City is innocent, judge rules Katie Moore, Kansas City Star

The Radical Transformations of a Battered Women’s Shelter Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker