A cut means more inside than it does on the street, and that's especially true in solitary—where some guys haven't seen their own reflection in a month.
60 Days In, a show about innocent civilians sent undercover to jail, has been both a hit with audiences and a force for positive change.
Canadian Inmates Connect made sensational headlines last year when notorious killer Luke Magnotta's profile showed up, but founder Melissa Fazzina believes her site supports rehabilitation.
On this episode of Daily VICE, we talk to the founder of Pigeonly, an app that helps inmates and their families stay connected.
HBO's fantastic crime drama turns the routine stuff of bureaucracy into agony.
"It never crossed my mind not to help whether he's got a gun or a badge," one inmate said. "If he falls down, I'm gonna help him."
Low pay, minimal breaks, and prisoners defecating on themselves are just part of the job in the extradition industry.
On the first episode of Party Legends Alia Shawkat, Jon Daly, Chris Pontius, and Kid Ink share their stories of awkward Hollywood hookups, bad trips, and drunken destruction in Australia.
For up to 100 hours a week, Renea Royster helps prison inmates post on Facebook, meet women, and keep track of fantasy sports, among other projects.
Being arrested is never great, but it's even worse when you've paid for a flight to be there.
Prohibiting inmates' families from maintaining Facebook accounts in their names just further cuts them off from a society they hope to rejoin.
"The screws resent being here as much as we do. If there's a big game on, they want to watch the full ninety minutes uninterrupted. They've locked down wings for that reason, the twats."
I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in a suicide smock rolling around on the floor in a concrete room.
"The funniest thing is, I love the system," he tells us from the notorious New York City jail.
Asking criminals what they think of being given free money.
Here's what I learned taking people like Paul Bernardo to prison.
Miscarriages of justice continue to take their toll on the mental health of prisoners after their release.
"Inmates tend to have many fruitless conversations. The average, hour-long prison conversation is like this: I lie for 20 minutes, you lie for 20 minutes, and for 20 minutes we discuss each other lies."
We talked to current prisoners about the new proposal which would see some inmates released on a tag to do their weekday jobs before returning to prison for the weekend.
They had more thoughts about the presenter than his interviewees.
The exam room was set up so the inmate sat between me and the bright red panic button.
'I knew a fella whose cellmate killed himself in the middle of the night—he woke up to a dead body on the top bunk.'
When he gets out, he'll be 'affluenza man' Ethan Couch.
"I'm talking to you, and I'm alive, but physically, spiritually, mentally—I died."