How Two American Teens Became Assassins for a Mexican Cartel

'Wolf Boys,' a new book by Dan Slater, details the bloody rise and fall of two Texas teenagers who became contract killers for the Zetas, the most violent drug cartel in Mexico, killing dozens of people in the process.
Seth Ferranti

A Canadian Jail Is So Overcrowded That Inmates Have Been Sleeping in Showers

The Ontario government has promised to end the "absolutely appalling" practice and to form a task force to address the issue of overcrowding in provincial jails.
Tamara Khandaker

Here's What British Inmates Think About Being in the EU's Largest Prison Population

We asked some people serving time how to make sure fewer people get sent to jail.

We Asked Former Inmates What It's Like to Deal with a Parole Officer

"They will tell you what you want to hear so you begin to trust them or think of them as a friend. Then they use what you share with them against you. They work for the government. They're goddamn cops. I have to remember that. I can't be their friend."
Seth Ferranti

Was Australia's First Zine Made on a Convict Ship?

The Wild Goose: A Collection of Ocean Waifs was a weekly newspaper published in 1867 by British prisoners as they sailed to a penal colony in Australia.
Penny Modra

Escaped Convict Richard Matt Fatally Shot in Upstate New York

Nearly three weeks after Matt and another prisoner escaped from a correctional facility, law enforcement officials reportedly fired a burst of gunshots around 4pm near the town of Malone, reportedly killing the convict.
In the Margins

What It's Like to Spend St. Patrick's Day in Prison

Corned beef and cabbage were served on St. Patrick's Day every year I spent in prison, a testament to the racial politics of the prison-industrial complex.
Daniel Genis

Saving the Environment with Criminals from Bucharest

Since 2007, Romania's courts have been giving criminals a choice between prison and disassembling electronics in warehouses.
Alex Nedea, Photos: George Popescu

The Life of a Seismic Gas Explorer in Canada’s Wilderness

You barely need a pulse to get a seismic job, as long as you are physically capable of the work. That's why it's a haven for ex-cons, high school drop-outs, and guys looking for the fastest way to clock enough full-time hours to claim employment...
Joshua Rapp Learn

I Went Undercover in America's Toughest Prison

I didn’t believe that a concentration camp could exist in America until, in Phoenix, Arizona, I saw one with my own eyes. Maricopa County is a fuzzy-lawed place where sentenced and un-sentenced inmates alike do hard time together.
Alexander Reynolds
Pen Pals

How It Feels to Get Off Parole After Ten Years in the System

VICE's prison correspondent is, at last, a normal member of society.
Bert Burykill
The History Issue

Rogues & Upstarts

Over 160,000 poor, poor convicts were stuffed into the hulls of tall ships and transported from the Mother Land to Australia between 1788 and 1868.
Dan Ablethorpe