Why Second Chances for Prisoners Are So Hard to Come By Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Trump’s criminal justice record is more complicated than he claims Catherine Kim, Vox

Are You in a Gang Database? Stefano Bloch, New York Times

Spike in Crime Inflames Debate Over Bail Law in New York Ashley Southall and Jesse McKinley, New York Times

DOJ To Investigate Mississippi Prisons After Spate Of Inmate Deaths Scott Neuman, NPR

Major County Jails Are Decarcerating, But Violence, Deaths Persist Jonathan Ben-Menachem, The Appeal

OC deputies’ lapses prompt massive review of evidence handling Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times

Long Shielded From Lawsuits, Prosecutors Face Scrutiny After Fake Subpoenas (Louisiana) Laura Kusisto, Wall Street Journal

Bernie Madoff Says He’s Dying and Seeks Early Prison Release David Yaffe-Bellany, New York Times

Two men jailed under controversial gang law getting $1.5M payout from San Diego David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune

Caught Between Here and There: Octavius Williams Was Convicted of Attempted Murder in 2011. Now, He’s Free, But Far From Finished With His Case (Ohio) Eric Sandy, Cleveland Scene

In ‘Tommy’ and ‘For Life,’ criminal justice reform comes from within the system Hank Stuever, Washington Post