Life in Prison

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Photos and Poetry from Inside a Romanian Prison

Between 2005 and 2008, fashion photographer Cosmin Bumbut visited Aiud prison in central Transylvania to photograph the inmates' daily life.
Răzvan Băltărețu, photos by Cosmin Bumbut
10.20.16
Stuff

What It's Like to Be an Atheist in Prison When Only God Forgives

Between chaplains offering guidance and the 12-step programs spiritual undertones, what happens when you want rehabilitation without needing to find God?
Hussein Kesvani
9.4.16
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Ex-Convicts Tell Us What They Noticed About the World After Leaving Prison

"What no one tells you is that you'll be so excited to eat real food that you'll put back on the weight you lost from malnutrition inside."
Sophie Brown
8.6.16
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A Brief History of Prison Staff Having Relationships with Inmates

We asked a criminal psychologist about this phenomenon, in the wake of recent news of a prison nurse being banned from work after falling for a prisoner.
Salma Haidrani
7.31.16
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Former Inmates Tell Us About the Weirdest Things They Saw in Prison

"A pillowcase full of severed pigeon heads had been discovered in the inmate's cell."
Nick Chester
7.23.16
Stuff

How the Russian Mafia Salvaged My Brutal Year in Dubai Prison

Meet Karl Williams, a Londoner whose Dubai holiday basically went up in flames when he and his friends were arrested on drug charges in 2013.
Nick Chester
5.8.16
Stuff

Death Rights Behind Bars

Given 35 life terms, plus an extra 1,035 years, Martin Bryant will die in prison one way or another. But if he had his way, it would be sooner rather than later.
Chris Shearer
9.23.15
News

What Inmates Are Saying About Colorado Shooter James Holmes Getting Life in Prison

Some prisoners serving life sentences are upset that they are effectively receiving the same punishment as a man who gunned down 12 people in a movie theater.
Robert Rosso
8.31.15
News

James Holmes Was Just Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Aurora Colorado Theater Shooting

The jury didn't reach a unanimous decision.
Mike Pearl
8.7.15
News

Jodi Arias Got Life in Prison Without Parole at the End of Her Long, Bizarre Murder Trial

Five years after the brutal murder of Travis Alexander, and two years after the beginning of one of the most tabloid-friendly trials in recent years, Arias was finally sentenced in an Arizona courtroom.
Allie Conti
4.13.15
VICE News

We Went Inside a Maximum Security Prison That's Rehabilitating Criminals

Murder, mayhem, and meditation at Salinas Valley State Prison.
VICE Staff
7.6.14
Music

What We Know About Vybz Kartel's Murder Case and Conviction

Vybz's trial was one of the most talked-about events in Jamaica, inspiring hundreds of headlines and editorials in print, on TV, and on the internet. Now that he has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, will we hear from the Worl...
Susan Zalkind
4.9.14