criminal justice system

prison reform

The Prison System Is a Nightmare, but Not for the Reasons You Think

How it's become an agency of social control.
Seth Ferranti
criminal justice system

The UK Imprisons Twice as Many Black Women as White Women for Drugs

For every 100 white women handed custodial sentences for drug offenses in 2014, 227 black women were imprisoned.
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and Ella Wilks-Harper
VICE Long Reads

Exploring the Mental Health Crisis in Britain's Prisons

The police, the probation service and the country's health services are all feeling the strain of dealing with offenders with mental health problems—and in many cases failing.
Mark Wilding

Ex-Cons Remember Their Worst Jobs After Being Released from Prison

From a gig as a farm hand that involved fixing a cow's prolapsed vagina, to a job that involved picking up trash while walking through raw sewage.
Seth Ferranti
The VICE Guide to Right Now

'Making a Murderer' Subject's Confession Unlawfully Coerced, Judge Rules

A US District Court judge ruled that Brendan Dassey's confession was "involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments."
VICE Staff

'The Night Of' Shows Us More Ways the Criminal Justice System Traps People

HBO's legal drama is not a show about justice, but the justice system. And never has that difference been more apparent than on Sunday's episode.
Harry Cheadle
Life Inside

What I’ve Learned as a Jail Doctor

The exam room was set up so the inmate sat between me and the bright red panic button.
Alia Moore
rule britannia

How Britain's Most Notorious Reformed Criminal Is Helping Offenders Navigate the Law

Jason Coghlan was jailed for armed robbery before finding an even more lucrative pastime: studying law to cater to gangsters in Spain.
VICE Staff

An Artist Caged Himself in New York to Fight for Prison Reform

Over the weekend, Lech Szporer’s performance-disruption indicted a broken criminal justice system.
Julia Lourie
The Prison Issue

Full Bleed: Escaping Alcatraz

​These photos by Anthony Tafuro feature Alcatraz Island, a tough prison for any convict looking to break free.
Anthony Tafuro
The Prison Issue

Silicon Valley’s Plan to Turn Inmates into Coders

The program promises to be a modern-day foray beyond traditional prison jobs and a rare bridge between the technorati of the Bay Area and those living behind bars just next door.
Mary Pilon
The Prison Issue

What Happens When Inmates in Solitary Confinement Blow the Whistle on Their Abuse?

A group of inmates calling themselves the Dallas Six banded together and grew committed to bringing their prison's abusive conditions to light, even in the face of being confined there longer.
Molly Crabapple