Keegan Hamilton

prisons

'Man Down!': Inside the Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak at San Quentin

How a massive outbreak at California's San Quentin State Prison spread to death row, killing a dozen condemned prisoners.
Keegan Hamilton
9.18.20
Drugs

El Chapo Claims VICE’s Interview With a Juror Should Get Him a New Trial

The ex-Sinaloa cartel leader filed an appeal listing 10 reasons his conviction should be overturned, including comments made by an anonymous juror last year.
Keegan Hamilton
9.9.20
Drugs

Mexican Cartels Are Arming Themselves to the Teeth With Powerful US Sniper Rifles

High-powered .50-caliber rifles can be purchased legally in most of the U.S. — and they keep showing up in the hands of cartel gunmen.
Keegan Hamilton
Kathleen Caulderwood
8.20.20
Coronavirus

'Con Air' Is Spreading COVID-19 All Over the U.S. Prison System

Whistleblowers say dozens of prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 after being moved between jails and federal prisons due to a lack of safeguards in the Justice Department.
Keegan Hamilton
Keri Blakinger
8.13.20
Opioids

How a Pharma Giant Flooded the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation With Opioids

Exclusive data shows drug distributor McKesson supplied the vast majority of painkillers to Native American communities across the U.S. during the opioid epidemic.
Keegan Hamilton
Rob Arthur
7.30.20
fentanyl

Confessions of a Chinese Fentanyl Trafficker: ‘I’m Really Afraid of Hurting People’

We arranged a meeting in Shanghai with a synthetic-drug merchant for our podcast “Painkiller: America’s Fentanyl Crisis.”
Keegan Hamilton
7.8.20
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
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