We talked to Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley about his show American Crime and how it breaks from the pack of true crime procedurals.
From its origins as an island owned by a slaver to its more recent history of brutality and scandal, Rikers has always been tainted by controversy.
A search of the 49-year-old's car and home turned up a loaded assault rifle, thousands of rounds of ammunition, handguns and body armor, though cops say there is no threat of terrorism in the case.
An explosion in civil asset forfeiture has plagued the country since the 1980s, and lawmakers are struggling to rein it in.
The police shooting of two young men of color this week shows that even as more Americans consider race to be the biggest issue facing the country and citizens are increasingly attuned to how cops target minorities, little has changed at the local level.
There's a reason the image of the American diner hasn't changed since the triumphant, deluded 1950s.
Though you might think people who could kill without remorse would make perfect fighters, in reality it can be difficult to make it as a soldier without a conscience.
The FBI says that the mob is still an existential criminal threat in America. We asked some former Gambino family soldiers and two La Cosa Nostra experts if that's really the case in 2015.
An interview with the voice of America's childhood, Carroll Spinney.
June 19, 1865, marks the day when news of emancipation and the Civil War's end finally reached the last group of slaves in America. It should be treated with the same respect we give Independence Day.
After 21 years in federal prison, I found myself back inside a cell—this time, for fun.
Searching for a better life, a wave of African immigrants have taken jobs as corrections officers in the Lone Star State.
Kinloch, Missouri, was once a thriving African American community, but after years of poverty and corruption it's in danger of turning into a ghost town.
After more than 30 years in prison, I have mass incarceration sewn into my flesh and bones. I can't turn away from it or choose not to know it, and it leaves me with little or no capacity for hope.
Nine bikers are dead and about 170 more are being detained for their participation in a brutal fight that local cops fear might lead to retaliation in the days ahead.
We asked law enforcement experts how local cops might have handled things better in Baltimore last week.
A shooting in Tulsa raises questions about how a senior citizen who headed up Sheriff Stanley Glanz's re-election campaign was in a position to end a life.
That sort of brutal violence is just "part of doing time," one former federal prisoner says.
"With everything that changes and everything that goes on in the world, I still throw a chunk of leather on a bronc and have to go ride it."
After 41 years, the cops think they found out who murdered Johnny Watson—but will the conviction stick in court?
Despite a VICE investigation—and the small sliver of sunlight it shined on Mossack Fonseca's dealings—the firm is still up to its old tricks.
Put your suspenders on, pack a nice lip of tobacco, and go sit with paw paw on the porch while you listen.
Cranky law enforcement types are running out of arguments against weed.
The verdict came after a bizarre trial that was heavily covered by the national media and renewed focus on the problem of mental health among America's veterans.