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The Prison Issue

What Happens When Inmates in Solitary Confinement Blow the Whistle on Their Abuse?

A group of inmates calling themselves the Dallas Six banded together and grew committed to bringing their prison's abusive conditions to light, even in the face of being confined there longer.
Molly Crabapple
10.15.15
The Prison Issue

A Former Inmate at Rikers Island Becomes One of Its Overseers

After spending more than ten years in New York's prisons and jails, Stanley Richards has been dedicated to improving the lives of the incarcerated since he was released in 1991.
Raven Rakia
10.12.15
The Prison Issue

A Death Sentence in Mississippi: Do Prosecutors Care More About a Conviction Than Executing the Right Person?

In 2001, 20-year-old Marlon Howell was found guilty in a racially-charged murder trial that shook New Albany, Mississippi. Fourteen years later, he continues to maintain his innocence.
Spencer Woodman
10.5.15
The Prison Issue

Infographic: A Breakdown of America's Life Behind Bars

When it comes to prisons, the US favors quantity over quality. We lock up millions and then release them ill-equipped to reenter society, hampered by debt from prison fees, and barred from certain forms of government assistance.
Haisam Hussein
10.5.15
The Prison Issue

Silicon Valley’s Plan to Turn Inmates into Coders

The program promises to be a modern-day foray beyond traditional prison jobs and a rare bridge between the technorati of the Bay Area and those living behind bars just next door.
Mary Pilon
10.5.15
Photos

Photo Requests from Prisoners in Solitary Confinement

​Over the past few years, Photo Requests from Solitary has invited men and women in solitary confinement to request a photograph of anything—real or imagined—and promised to find them an artist to make the image.
VICE Staff
10.5.15
The Prison Issue

Slammer Slang: The A-to-Z of Prison Lingo

There's a distinct vocabulary unique to the convict class, and I was forced to wrap my head around it very quickly. Here's a primer on the A-to-Z of prison slang to help you out if you ever find yourself in the slammer.
Seth Ferranti
10.5.15
Photos

Photos of Teenagers' Lives in Limbo Between Incarceration and Freedom

Photographer Zora J. Murff's 'Corrections' chronicles the impact that constant monitoring has on the development of young offenders who have avoided incarceration, but are under probation.
Zora J. Murff
10.5.15
The Prison Issue

How Personhood Laws Can Land Women in Court for Crimes Against Their Own Fetuses

Anti-abortion measures are putting women are at risk of being charged with crimes against their fetuses, and rogue prosecutors can use their wide discretion to prosecute mothers with crimes beyond feticide or child abuse.
Kristen Gwynne
10.5.15
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
The Prison Issue

How America Became the Most Imprisoned Nation in the World

Over the past 50 years, an era of mass incarceration took shape in the US as politicians raced to erect a sprawling detention system. Today, the country locks up more people than any other on the planet.
John Surico
10.2.15
The Prison Issue

How New Mexico Transformed the Site of a Deadly Prison Uprising into a Tourist Destination

In 1980, prisoners overtook the Penitentiary of New Mexico in a deadly 36-hour siege. Today, it offers tours for anyone curious about the fantastic violence that took place there decades earlier.
Andrew Brininstool
10.1.15