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.
Though many of them aren't allowed physical contact with their wives, the prisoners can still impregnate their spouses—all they need is a little creativity.
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.
The prison population in the US has more than quadrupled since 1980, a rise that is historically and internationally unprecedented. No state has been immune to America's mass incarceration experiment, making each an aberration worldwide.
VICE News looks at a maximum security prison in California that's rehabilitating criminals before returning them to the streets.
A single small prison in the rural part of the state has seen three murders in the past three months, and activists have been hearing reports of drug-dealing guards, abused inmates, and uncaring wardens.
In the wake of the inmate hunger strike that brought unwelcome attention to conditions in California prisons, officials are proposing a ban on publications that address prison concerns under the guise of clamping down on "obscene materials."
Rick Van Wickler runs New Hampshire's 230-inmate Cheshire County Correctional Facility, a county-funded facility where his word is law. But his lockup differs from most because of Van Wickler's unorthodox view of crime and punishment.