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.
Despite its usefulness as fodder for television crime dramas, forensic science has glaring flaws, and the FBI's investigations spanning decades are looking flimsier than ever.
Rick Wershe is a former drug dealer and police informant who was convicted in 1988, at the age of 17, of possessing 17 pounds of cocaine. Now 46 and a father of three, Wershe is the only inmate in Michigan behind bars who was sentenced to life as a minor
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David Golding was charged with (and pled guilty to) grievous bodily harm (GBH), which usually means stabbing or beating the shit out of someone—not passing along a virus that roughly 25 percent of the UK's sexually active population already has.
Prosecutors across the US are using rap lyrics as evidence against defendants, despite the criticism that this practice is unlawful because it causes unfair prejudice.
T-Bone looks out for the little guys.
There are many things you can do wrong in prison, mostly of the violent sort, but you can also commit metaphysical crimes and end up in solitary confinement.
Peruvian artist LU.CU.MA spent 27 years in jail for the murder of his brother, among other crimes. After his release, LU.CU.MA swore to turn himself around. He traded the machine guns, hand grenades, and knives that he once used to ambush buses for art su…