Incarceration Issue

  • Final Word: An Email from Peter Nash

    Brisbane-born former Silk Road moderator Peter Nash spent six months in an Australian prison, followed by 11 months at NYC's Metropolitan Remand Center. He declined an interview request but gave his permission to print this email.

  • Watch Our FODI Panel on Incarceration Chaired by John Safran

    ​To help launch The Incarceration Issue, VICE Australia and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015 put together a panel featuring Eric Schlosser, Debbie Kilroy, Chris Munro, and a lot of very disturbing statistics around prison, and the booming industry...

  • Briggs - Live at Juvie

    Follow rapper and proud Yorta-Yorta man Adam Briggs as he heads inside the walls of Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre to see what life is like for Australia's young, Indigenous, A-class offenders.

  • ​Woman on the Run

    My personal cycle of incarceration.

  • State of the Nation

    Incarceration today is a massive undertaking that employs thousands, costs billions, and yields a complex set of results—some of which are outlined on these pages.

  • Thirty-Odd Years in Prison Teaches You a Lot About Drugs

    Convicted robber John Killick, who once escaped Sydney's Silverwater prison in a helicopter, has seen a lot of changes. But according to him, drugs caused the worst of them.

  • Western Australia’s Toughest Prison Is for Women

    If you're a female prisoner in Western Australia, you're probably at Bandyup, where low-risk inmates are mixed with inmates who have committed serious crimes. That's just one of the prison's many issues.

  • Beyond the Bars

    This radio show has been giving Indigenous prisoners their only opportunity to participate in NAIDOC Week since 2002.

  • Editor's Letter

    You can learn a lot about a country by looking at the places it locks people up.

  • What Are Prisons For Anyway?

    "I don't think they're there for rehabilitation, and that's my personal belief. I think rehabilitation is a bit of a wank because working in a prison for 10 years, you see the same guys coming back in."

  • Employees of the Month

    Introducing some of the people who helped make this issue possible.

  • Do the Time to Pay the Fine

    While you can go to jail for unpaid fines in most Australian states, it doesn't happen all that often. Except in Western Australia, where more than 1,000 fine defaulters are locked up every year.