Keegan Hamilton

Painkiller: America’s Fentanyl Crisis

How Racism Fuels the Fentanyl Crisis in America

Our new podcast “Painkiller: America’s Fentanyl Crisis” explores how overdose deaths are linked to racism and a broken healthcare system.
Keegan Hamilton
6.30.20
Painkiller: America’s Fentanyl Crisis

Inside the Sinaloa Cartel’s Fentanyl Smuggling Operations

We shadowed cartel members in Mexico along every step of the fentanyl supply chain.
Keegan Hamilton
6.29.20

Cartels, Chemists, and the Story of Fentanyl in the U.S.

A new podcast series from VICE News and Spotify is a deep dive into the powerful opioid fueling America’s overdose crisis.
Keegan Hamilton
6.23.20
Coronavirus

‘I Begged Them To Let Me Die’: How Federal Prisons Became Coronavirus Death Traps

Prisons quarantined sick and healthy inmates together and continued moving prisoners and staff around facilities as the outbreak spread.
Keegan Hamilton
Keri Blakinger
6.18.20
Coronavirus

A Federal Prison Staffer Has Died of COVID-19

The Bureau of Prisons has recorded at least 71 inmate deaths during the pandemic and more than 5,000 infections — but does not currently acknowledge any staff deaths.
Keegan Hamilton
6.3.20
Vice News Tonight

Inside the Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak at Oakdale Federal Prison

“I just feel like we were all let down,” said one prisoner. At least 39 staff and 113 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a staff source.
Keegan Hamilton
5.5.20
Coronavirus

EXCLUSIVE: Whistleblower Warned of Coronavirus Danger in Prison Where a Woman Just Died After Giving Birth

A staffer at a federal prison in Texas described looming “catastrophe” after 30-year-old Andrea Circle Bear gave birth while on a ventilator.
Keegan Hamilton
4.29.20
Coronavirus

Federal Prison Staff Say the Government Is ‘Getting Hustled’ with Bogus Coronavirus Masks

“The quality is terrible,” said one federal prison staffer of the KN95 he received. “I don’t even know where they got ’em from.”
Keegan Hamilton
Daniel Newhauser
4.21.20
Coronavirus

Trump Blacklisted This Chinese Company. Now It’s Making Coronavirus Masks for U.S. Hospitals.

China’s BYD got special FDA approval to import respirators for medical use despite a history of problems in the U.S.
Daniel Newhauser
Keegan Hamilton
4.11.20
Coronavirus

Inmates Revolted Against a Federal Prison's Coronavirus Response. They Got Tear-Gassed.

Five people have died from COVID-19 at FCI Oakdale I in Louisiana.
Keegan Hamilton
4.9.20
Coronavirus

Prisoner Uses Smuggled Cellphone to Beg for Help With Coronavirus on Facebook Live

“They literally leaving us in here to die,” says Aaron Campbell, an inmate at a federal prison where three people have died from COVID-19.
Keegan Hamilton
4.5.20
Coronavirus

Chinese Drug Traffickers Have a Brand-New Product: Knockoff N95 Masks for Coronavirus

“They're supplying them through the same exact supply chain, through the same exact marketing mechanisms, that they have with illicit drugs for a long time.”
Daniel Newhauser
Keegan Hamilton
4.3.20
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