recidivism

Criminal Justice

PHOTOS: Life on the Streets of San Francisco Through the Lens of Ex-Inmates

Although free, these two men are still fighting to break free of the system.
Keegan Hamilton
11.4.18
documentaries

Revolving Doors: An Ex-Con's Journey Back to Prison

Filmmaker James Burns spent two years following Jason Bobbitt, a father of five who, despite attempts to retain meaningful employment, fails and returns to prison.
VICE Staff
5.8.18
Longreads Or Whatever

How Music Is Keeping People from Going Back to Prison

An expanding California arts program is proven to cut recidivism and save prisons money. Can it be a new model for prison reform?
Andrea Domanick
2.7.17
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
News

Could Prison Mentors Reduce Australia's Sky High Recidivism Rates?

Getting ex-cons to help those still behind bars is working wonders around the world.
Vincent Dwyer
8.24.16
Stuff

Ex-Cons Remember Their Worst Jobs After Being Released from Prison

From a gig as a farm hand that involved fixing a cow's prolapsed vagina, to a job that involved picking up trash while walking through raw sewage.
Seth Ferranti
8.21.16
News

Victoria Police Are Cracking Down on Preteen Gangsters in Melbourne

The Apex Gang, best known for its role in this year's Moomba brawl, are being targeted—even more—by Victorian police.
Peter Clynes
7.21.16
News

Friday Night Hip-Hop on Rikers Island

Hanging out with teenage inmates as they make beats and write rhymes inside the notorious New York City jail.
John Surico
3.2.16
The Prison Issue

How to Repair the Criminal Justice System

We talked to leaders and activists spearheading prison reform to find out what we can do to fix our broken penal system.
Various Authors
10.5.15
America Incarcerated

How One Man from the St. Louis Projects Got Out of Prison and Went Back Again

Larry walked out of Missouri state prison with $8,000 and a job, but like most former inmates, he got dragged back in.
Michael Santos
9.25.15
News

A Former Inmate Talks About How Prisons Manufacture Criminals

Prisoners often suffer dehumanizing abuse at the hands of guards and other inmates, and are ill-prepared to get jobs and homes once they're out—is it any wonder so many of them go back to crime?
Touré
9.8.15
crime

Colleges Should Stop Asking Prospective Students About Their Criminal Records

Past mistakes shouldn't make it impossible to pursue an education.
Julian Brookes
11.11.14
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