Mass Incarceration

Culture

Humanizing Portraits of Mentally Ill Inmates at Cook County Jail

The jail has become the largest mental health care provider in the US.
Miss Rosen
1.17.19
Drugs

Here's Fresh Evidence the Drug War Is a 'Horrific Failure'

"The international drug control system promised a world free of drugs, but has delivered the exact opposite."
Max Daly
10.23.18
VICE on HBO

Michael K. Williams Meets Kids Swept Up in America's Prison Pipeline

The actor investigates the juvenile justice system on the season premiere of 'VICE' on HBO.
VICE Staff
4.6.18
Life Inside

I Had a Secret Vegetable Garden in Prison and It Was Awesome

We weren't actually allowed to garden, but that didn't stop us from doing it.
Matthew Hahn
6.9.17
crime

Meet the Hardliner Jeff Sessions Picked to Crack Down on Violent Crime

He really, really likes putting people in prison.
Dan Friedman
3.16.17
News

The Uncertain Fate of Jails and Prisons Under Trump

A field trip to jails and prisons after Trump's election suggests criminal justice reform will continue even if the feds don't make it easy.
Eli Hager
12.14.16
News

What Happened When a Prison Brought in a Brain Injury Specialist

We got an early peak at the numbers from a new study of brain injuries in an American prison, and they aren't pretty.
Nick Keppler
11.24.16
Stuff

Why the Friendships You Make in Prison Should Stay Behind Bars

In federal prison, you form friendships with gang members, violent men, and a whole slew of drug dealers and users of every variety. What happens after that is sensitive.
Seth Ferranti
11.19.16
Stuff

Inmates Explain How They'd Run Prisons

A new report on how Texas prisons can improve is unique: It was written solely by prisoners.
Maurice Chammah
10.24.16
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Before Her Death, Kalief Browder’s Mother Spoke Out About His Mistreatment at Rikers

Venida Browder died of complications from a heart attack Friday, just 16 months after her son hanged himself in the wake of three horrific years on Rikers Island.
VICE Staff
10.17.16
News

Why Is It So Hard to Fix a Violent Jail?

Inmates are dying preventable deaths as the feds try to get local sheriffs in line.
Alysia Santo
9.14.16
News

The 14-Year-Old Who Grew Up in Prison

In 1979, Ricky Olds watched his friend kill a man, then himself got sentenced to life in prison. More than three decades later, the Supreme Court has given him a shot at freedom.
Marc Bookman
7.20.16
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