Incarceration

Unites States of Addiction

What It's Like to Detox in Jail

The small, communal toilet was in the corner of the pod, enclosed by a short stall that did nothing to keep the smell of diarrhea, vomit, and blood from overtaking the unit.
Elizabeth Brico
11.26.18
prison

All the Terrible Things You See and Learn as a Guard in a Private Prison

Journalist Shane Bauer worked undercover in a Louisiana prison for four months. What he discovered was shocking.
Seth Ferranti
9.19.18
dark mofo 2018

We Asked Inmates to Critique an Art Show About Jail

"Any exploration of imprisonment is a journey to freedom."
Mahmood Fazal
6.22.18
Culture

We Went to a Fashion Show Inside a Brazilian Prison

What started as recreational crochet lessons for detainees turned into a private runway show.
Bruno Costa
4.23.18
VICE TONIC

Giving Birth in Jail Can Traumatise Women for Decades

Restraining women while they're giving birth is "demeaning and unnecessary." Some institutions still don't care.
Laura Dorwart
1.23.18
prison

Prisoners Tell Us Their New Year's Resolutions

Despite the bleakness of incarceration, many inmates hope that they can lead better lives in the new year.
Seth Ferranti
12.31.17
50 states of art

Female Inmates Bare Their Souls for Emotional Portraits in KY

Photographer Ashley Stinson set out to shoot women working in male-dominated industries. She ended up at a prison.
Nathaniel Ainley
6.8.17
prisons

The 'Written Inside' Podcast Offers a Unique Perspective Inside Prison Cells

A new podcast tells the stories of long-serving inmates who stay sane by playing cardboard pianos and killing roaches.
Philip Eil
3.27.17
Drugs

Former Head of the AFP Calls for Australia to Decriminalise Drugs

"We cannot hope to nanny ourselves out of risk," says Mick Palmer, who was Australia's top cop between 1994 and 2001.
Maddison Connaughton
3.20.17
Stuff

Why the Friendships You Make in Prison Should Stay Behind Bars

In federal prison, you form friendships with gang members, violent men, and a whole slew of drug dealers and users of every variety. What happens after that is sensitive.
Seth Ferranti
11.20.16
The VICE Guide to Right Now

New South Wales' Indigenous Prison Population Has Doubled in the Past 15 Years

Fewer Indigenous Australians are being arrested than ever before. So why do they still make up nearly a third of the country's prison population?
Katherine Gillespie
10.4.16
News

Queensland’s Women's Prison Is So Overcrowded Inmates Have to Sleep on the Floor

Sure prison isn't meant to be a five star hotel, but Australia needs to talk about the way it's locking up women.
Katherine Gillespie
9.28.16
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