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Everything Always Turns to Shit on Death Row

Even a breakfast of boiled eggs and cheese somehow gets screwed up by a rogue inmate.
Timothy White
5.18.18
documentaries
documentaries

Revolving Doors: An Ex-Con's Journey Back to Prison

Filmmaker James Burns spent two years following Jason Bobbitt, a father of five who, despite attempts to retain meaningful employment, fails and returns to prison.
VICE Staff
5.7.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

When My Prison Lost Power It Was Like 'The Purge' in Real Life

As night fell, nerves got rattled and rumors flew.
Derek R. Trumbo, Sr.
4.20.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

What It's Like to Deliver Death Sentences

I ran for office and took the oath knowing that the death penalty would be part of my job, whether I liked it or not.
Mike Lynch
4.13.18
crime
crime

Cameras Actually Tamed Attica, the Brutal Prison I Used to Call Home

I saw how crazy things were at Attica. But under today’s watchful eyes, guards have new incentives not to lie about inmate assaults.
John J. Lennon
4.9.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

Taking College Classes in Prison Helped Me Forget I Wasn't Free

It’s sad, but I knew I would go to prison before I would go to college.
Marcus Lilly, as told to Nicole Lewis
4.6.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

The Unreal Horror of Being Locked in Solitary Confinement When I Was 16

I felt like I aged ten years just by doing 20 days in there.
Jordan as told to Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge
3.30.18
crime
crime

Alton Sterling and the Hollow Theater of Letting Killer Cops Go Free

The playback of the officer’s gunshots is still jarring—clapping against your eardrums never quite when expected.
Talmon Joseph Smith
3.29.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

All the Insane Conspiracy Theories You Hear in Prison

I can see that he is genuinely disappointed—even as an incarcerated person, he had high hopes for a human presence in outer space.
Mary Rayme
3.16.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

I'm Watching My Husband Fall Apart from Prison

I'm in a cell, he's out there all alone, and there's nothing I can do about it.
Connie Farris, as told to Christie Thompson
3.9.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

I Sent an Innocent Man to Prison

It was my first time on a jury. I was 31, balancing two jobs while going to graduate school. It was a very short trial.
D’Shean Kennedy as told to Maurice Chammah
2.23.18
crime
crime

Two Pro Witnesses Used Junk Science to Send Innocent People to Prison

A notorious medical examiner and forensic dentist helped doom people for decades in one of America's most nightmarish episodes.
Seth Ferranti
2.22.18