• Why Are Canadian Prisoners on Strike?

    There is a palpable amount of unrest inside Canada’s prison system right now, and it’s happening on all levels. Inmates are on strike, Kingston Penitentiary is closed, and Don Jail is soon to follow.

  • The Ex-Con Who Wants to Explain Prison to Kids

    Anthony Curcio was football star in high school with a charmed life, but got addicted to pills so bad that he tried to rob an armored car through an elaborate heist. Five years later, he's out of prison and creating children's books.

  • The American Filmmaker Who Became a Freedom Fighter in Libya

    In 2008, Matthew VanDyke set off on a three-year motorcycle expedition around North Africa and the Middle East. He popped into bin Laden's old home, went to cockfights in Iraq, visited mausoleums in Afghanistan, and generally had a pretty nice time...

  • The Canadian Prison System Is Keeping Prisoners Doped Up on Methadone

    Orange Is the New Black is providing lazy Netflix watchers all over the place with an opportunity to escape into the lives of prisoners, but however fashionable prison entertainment may be, the truth is that Canada’s prison system, on all levels...

  • I Escaped Death in an Egyptian Police Van but Witnessed an Attempted Rape

    After being thrown on top of each other in a vehicle, I noticed that a young woman was also among us. As soon as we began to move the young man sitting across from her started trying to grab at her body. Randel and I, still handcuffed, protested loudly...

  • Prison Guards See Some Crazy Shit

    A veteran Canadian corrections officer talks about strip searches, inmates puking up methadone, pencil stabbings, fight clubs, and, of course, drugs shoved up butts.