An ex-con became a professional criminal-justice-reform advocate thanks to a program that lets felons learn alongside students from outside prison walls.
Last year, New Zealand's terror alert was upgraded from very low, all the way up to low. We spoke to an security expert from Massey University about what that means.
A new study is expected to result in further cutbacks to the state's juvenile detention facilities, and could even spur lawmakers to abandon their reliance on the system entirely.
They reckon there are better ways of dealing with crime than locking people up, and if you make more jail space you're probably going to go ahead and fill it.
Rikers Island just went from being one of the most dysfunctional jails in America to tentatively claiming a spot at the vanguard of the emerging criminal justice reform movement.
US Attorney Preet Bharara says Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking too long to reform the notoriously horrific collection of jails.
Drug smuggling is surging at many California county jails thanks in part to gang members getting pinched on purpose for minor offenses so they can take part in the lucrative contraband trade.
I spoke to Black – a man who was criticised for his depictions of simulated rape, before ultimately being jailed for them – about what he's up to these days.
After serving 39 years for a crime he didn't commit, Ricky Jackson is tasting freedom this weekend.
For-profit prisons like healthy inmates, who tend to be young and black or Hispanic.
A vacant 525-bed Oregon prison is being used to showcase America's obsession with mass incarceration.
This week seven members of the powerful race-based prison gang were sentenced for their roles in its culture of violence.
As heroin use surges among the general public, the drug has become a mainstay in the prison system, where the common overdose treatment Naloxone is still hard to come by.
The Golden State has been an archetype of the United States' prison boom since the war on drugs began, but now it's joining the mass incarceration reform wave.
Under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu, homosexuality was outlawed and never discussed—having the wrong kind of intercourse could lead to interrogations and prison time.
Pennsylvania just passed a law targeting the "obscene celebrity" cultivated by prisoners. But for many inmates, writing is the only way out of a life of drugs and crime.
Chris Steele-Perkins's pictures of Manchester's Strangeways prison from 1980 reveal a slice of the UK's criminal underworld.
In 2011, California introduced a program that gives low-level female prisoners a way to go home and care for their families, with the added benefit of reduced overcrowding in penitentiaries. The problem: few eligible inmates are permitted to take advantag…
Last Friday, a district court judge ruled that a former transgender prisoner who was raped had no right to sue Orange County, Florida, for showing deliberate indifference to her safety.
There were a lot of celebratory headlines after Attorney General Eric Holder announced a drop in the federal prison population last week, but the state-by-state numbers tell a more complicated tale.
Two French journalists who have been trapped in a West Papuan jail for more than 40 days. Depending on how things pan out they could face 20 years behind bars.
Photos by Curtis Buchanan and styling by Miyako Bellizzi.
The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. This week, a UN report forecasts food shortages in Liberia, and authorities arrest protesting fast food employees.
I didn't believe that a concentration camp could exist in America until, in Phoenix, Arizona, I saw one with my own eyes. Maricopa County is a fuzzy-lawed place where sentenced and un-sentenced inmates alike do hard time together.