Some guards are also accused of facilitating multi-kilo coke and meth drug deals on the outside.
When Stephen Watt was sent to federal prison for writing a nefarious piece of software, he was banned from even touching a computer. What do you do when you're a digital man living in an analog world?
Is every inmate a potential entrepreneur?
Eddie runs a betting pool, also known as a "ticket," in federal prison, and says he's made about $7,000 in less than a year.
In the photographs she sent, she was this grown-up version of a girl with more piercings than I ever had.
The courtrooms of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut offer a glimpse into the complex web of inter-generational violence, mental health issues, and substance abuse in Canada's remote north.
For those predisposed to mental illness, isolation can induce anxiety, depression, distortions, paranoia, even psychosis.
I'm conscious of a not-unfamiliar physical sensation, like a piece of me is being torn away.
According to the Prison Officers Association, one guard who believed he was exposed to synthetic cannabis "spent the night tearing at the top of his head."
Criminal justice reformers won't exactly be shocked that a new report found mandatory-minimum sentences for drug crimes to be "the primary driver" of prison overcrowding.
The majority of medical staff is female, and leaving a world filled almost entirely with men to one dominated by women balances the unnatural prison universe.
187Gangstersz is an Instagram page packed with footage that has been recorded within prison walls. We spoke to one of the account's administrators.
In the premiere episode of our series Justice, VICE examines the winners and losers of for-profit criminal justice and explores the emerging alternatives.
From moonshine to tattoos to balloons of drugs, America's prison inmates do what it takes to make life inside tolerable.
Finger handshakes, the toilet phone, and the "shoe bomber."
Francis Morland was a prominent figure in the "new generation" sculpture movement, before trading it in to move large quantities of weed around the world in the 70s.
It's rare to find the equipment and playing partners you need to make music behind bars, but a rock trio called the Institution managed it.
Even in a nicer prison, there are reminders everywhere that Christmas in lockup is about as real a holiday as the plastic needles on our fake trees.
Infamous upper-class fraudster "Fast Eddie" Davenport recounts tales of his time in a UK prison.
Nick Vedros's photo project Faces of Changes aims to humanize the men and women who are actively changing their lives through a prison rehabilitation program aimed to lower recidivism rates.
Two weeks later, I got out. Maybe if I had been released just two weeks earlier, none of this would have happened.
These inmates have first-hand experience with gun activity—legal and otherwise—and most of them are skeptical the government can or will do anything to limit Americans' access to firearms.
In prisons and jails, inmates use chips, Cheetos, and instant noodles to create recipes that remind them of life on the outside.
A new report released last week in the UK examines how families are treated by prison staff and how intimidating these visits can be for them.