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.
Hospitals in New Zealand have banned smoking in psych wards.
There are thousands of people in prison doing incredibly long bids thanks to mandatory minimum sentencing. Obama could free a lot of them at the stroke of a pen.
In 2006, the Bureau of Prisons created two "Communication Management Units" to isolate and segregate specific prisoners, the majority of them convicted of crimes related to terrorism. Prisoners call them "Little Guantánamos" because, by September 2009, ab…
How much would you spend on prison food? In Elko County, Nevada, inmates won't be able to decide, because the County Commission has approved a proposal to charge inmates for meals.
Over the past three Fridays, Egyptian police have arrested over 700 protesters and killed another 27, according to official figures. There was a time when these numbers would have led the news bulletins. Now, they're buried in half-hearted weekend round-u…
For many people who are released from incarceration, simply acquiring a government photo ID that lets them collect benefits, get a job, and reintegrate into society is nearly impossible, but some groups are working to change this sad situation.