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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
12.8.16
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
10.8.15
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
10.6.15
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
10.6.15
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
10.5.15
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
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
America Incarcerated

How a Woman Locked Up with Breast Cancer Became a Prison Activist

Sue Ellen Allen went to prison when she was 57 years old and emerged determined to improve conditions for every woman who goes to prison.
Michael Santos
10.2.15
America Incarcerated

Why Solitary Confinement in America Needs to Finally End

Now that solitary is on the national radar, systemic problems with "the hole" are being laid bare for all to see.
Lauren Lee White
9.30.15
America Incarcerated

How Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Laws Put Regular People in Prison for Life

If you rub elbows with big-time drug dealers, you can get sentenced to decades behind bars thanks to laws passed at the height of the drug panic in the 1980s.
Justin Glawe
9.30.15
America Incarcerated

Even White-Collar Criminals Can Get Screwed Over by the Prison System

A man I once knew in prison got out but was unable to return to anything resembling a normal life thanks to aggressive parole restrictions.
Michael Santos
9.29.15
America Incarcerated

Heroin, Murder, and the New Front in the War on Drugs

When heroin users die from an overdose, some prosecutors pursue full-fledged murder charges against the dealers or friends who provided the drugs. Possible sentences include life without parole.
Daniel Denvir
9.28.15
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