America Incarcerated


We're Launching an Apprentice Program for Formerly Incarcerated People

Starting early next year, we'll welcome formerly incarcerated people to work with us at our Brooklyn office in production, editorial, marketing, and other creative roles.
VICE Staff
Jail food

What It's Like to Eat Some of the Worst Prison Food in America

During my seven-month stay in a county jail, I experienced a culinary horror show at the hands of Aramark, a private contractor that has been slammed with accusations of serving rotten and maggot-infested food in prisons across the US.
Stephen Katz
2015 the year in review

In 2015, The US Finally Agreed It's Time to End Mass Incarceration

Spurred by President Obama, political and law enforcement leaders called for changes to the justice system this year — and, extraordinarily, both parties agreed.
Colleen Curry

FCC Votes to Stop Prisons from Charging $14 a Minute for Phone Calls

​Feds approve landmark prison phone reform.
Sam Gustin
Crime & Drugs

The War On Drugs: Join Our Skype Group Chat

Join VICE News on Skype next Thursday for a conversation about the war on drugs.
America Incarcerated

Will New York Scrap Its Broken Bail System?

A state senator from Queens wants to scrap the archaic system of holding some people in jail before their trial unless they can pay for freedom.
John Surico
America Incarcerated

How the Expensive, Shady Process of Making a Phone Call from Behind Bars Is Finally Changing

Inmates are excited about the plan to impose new caps on how much it costs to call their loved ones.
Seth Ferranti
Donald Trump

How Private Prisons Are Profiting From Locking Up US Immigrants

The 2016 presidential election could determine the future of the private prison industry in the US, but its two largest corporations now take in a combined $3.2 billion in annual revenue.
Keegan Hamilton
America Incarcerated

A Veteran Brooklyn Cop and Prosecutor Explains Why America's Criminal Justice System is a Disaster

What we need to do to put fewer Americans behind bars.
Eugene O'Donnell
The Prison Issue

Fixing the System: An Interview with President Obama on Prison Reform

VICE accompanied President Obama to a federal prison in Oklahoma to film a special episode about the US criminal justice system for our show on HBO. Read an excerpt from a sit-down interview conducted during the visit.
Shane Smith
America Incarcerated

Our Right to an Attorney Is in Jeopardy

Many public defenders in the United States only have minutes to prepare for a case that might result in years in prison for the accused, as well as the loss of benefits, employment, or custody of their children.
Max Rivlin-Nadler
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