Over the past 50 years, an era of mass incarceration took shape in the US as politicians raced to erect a sprawling detention system. Today, the country locks up more people than any other on the planet.
The bill would start to roll back the harsh federal sentencing laws that have helped fill America's prisons.
When I first got locked up, I was a 130-pound, 23-year-old junkie who had one thing in mind: survival. After years of being both a victim and an assailant, I changed my life for the better.
In this comprehensive special report, VICE founder and correspondent Shane Smith accompanies Obama on his visit as he speaks with inmates at a federal prison.
If you've ever shared a house with a bunch females, you'll know what it means to sync up. But what about prisoners? Do women's prisons become moody, achy hell holes every few weeks?
Kavan Applegate works to create small town environments within Australian prisons that replicate society and help prisoners transition back into the community.
Inmates say guards at the Fishkill Correctional Facility beat a prisoner to death, and I believe it because I've spent time there.
I speak to former prisoner "David" about Mouldy Toof Studios' The Escapists, to see if the game reflects the reality of trying to slip the clink.
Cell phones are prohibited at the 120-year-old prison, as is fighting, so there's an understandable amount of confusion and embarrassment surrounding the release of the footage on YouTube.
President Barack Obama announced today that he will visit the El Reno federal prison in Oklahoma next week to participate in a VICE special on America's criminal justice system.
We spoke with Orange Is the New Black actress Selenis Leyva and former real-life inmate, Joanne Archibald, about the challenges and realities of rearing a child from behind bars.
Polish-Canadian photographer Gabriela Maj traveled to seven female prisons in Afghanistan and spoke to more than a hundred women to understand why they'd been incarcerated for "moral crimes."
According to the study, corrections officials in the United States use violence to punish prisoners for exhibiting behaviors of their mental illness, which violates the Constitution and international human rights laws.
Did the authorities in charge of SCI Fayette put its prisoners at risk of illnesses that usually affect coal miners?
Half a century ago, state mental hospitals closed after a series of horrific abuses—but in the aftermath, many mentally ill people were forced onto the streets or into jails. Now some are arguing it's time to bring these institutions back.
A tour of Huntsville, Texas, where penitentiaries serve as job creators, tourist attractions, and the center of the community.
The UK's prisons are overcrowded, understaffed, and underfunded. And everyone from an ex-con to the former lord chief justice think they're close to boiling over.
There are reportedly a "small but significant" number of sex offenders at HMP Portland, which has quite rightly worried local parents.
Paños are proof that even the most hardened criminals make their mothers hand-drawn cards on Mother's Day.
When I went from working with NGOs to the private sector, a crazy business partner and some shady cops nearly derailed my business.
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.
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.