A strange law in Kansas means a history of drug offenses gets people lumped in with a very different kind of criminal.
New court documents claim two convicted felons coordinated fentanyl shipments to the U.S. from their prison cells
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made no secret of his desire to revitalize the U.S. war on drugs, and new reports indicate he intends to begin by reinstituting harsher sentences for low-level offenders.
But the father of one accused claims his daughter is innocent and was forced to ingest the deadly opioid.
In this extra scene, Bernie Kerik tells VICE News how the reforms and improvements he made at Rikers Island penitentiary disintegrated after he left office, and what may have contributed to the state the prison is in today.
"Everyone in here is saying that only a black president would do something like this."
The largest ever one-time release of federal inmates is part of a new effort to reduce overcrowding and ease punishments for drug crimes.
Larry walked out of Missouri state prison with $8,000 and a job, but like most former inmates, he got dragged back in.
Colloquially known as "drugs minus two," a sentencing tweak made last year could reduce the prison time of as many as 46,000 inmates.