Stability is in the interests of both China and the United States. However, wise planning suggests that a North Korean collapse might happen. If it does, the desirability of contingency plans to restore stability and to prevent adding to instability, suggests that China and the United States should discuss their mutual interests.
Demonizing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals permitted us to leave them out of daily American life. Even worse -- we excluded them from conversations about their own fates and continued to punish them with collateral consequences, long after they had served their time. In America, every sentence is a life sentence.