Prison-industrial complex


A Bag of Hot Dogs Got Tossed in My Prison Cell and All Hell Broke Loose

Four inmates share stories from inside Texas prison, where the Pen-City Writers help the condemned have a voice.
Carlos Flores
Anthony Johnson
Jose Maria Garcia
Jason Gallegos​
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

Airbrushed Paintings Portray the Isolation and Heartbreak of Mass Incarceration

Mario Ayala leverages colorful imagery, religion, and correspondence to bridge cultural divides.
DJ Pangburn

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
Life Inside

How a Phone Changed My Life on Death Row

I felt like a virgin on my wedding night—eager to put this thing to use, not sure if it'll hurt.
George Wilkerson
Life Inside

The Best Guard at My Prison Was Murdered

His first name was Timothy. I hadn't known that, because we get punished for using guards' first names.
Christopher Dye

How Criminal Justice Reform Died

What seemed inevitable when President Obama visited a federal prison and everyone from Charles Koch to Newt Gingrich was onboard is now a pipe dream. But could that be a good thing?
Bill Keller

Why the Prison Strikes Going on Across America Really Matter

Inmates across America are staging strikes and protests over what many call a system of slave labor inside the prison-industrial complex.
Jeremy Galloway

What I've Learned Cutting Hair in Jail

A cut means more inside than it does on the street, and that's especially true in solitary—where some guys haven't seen their own reflection in a month.
Andre Lyons
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Ramen Is the Hot New Prison Currency, Apparently

"Soup is money in here."
Matthew James-Wilson
Life Inside

My Life as a Blind Man in Prison

All day long I think about how many steps I take, and what I have to do next.
Burl Washington as told to Christie Thompson
Life Inside

The Absurd Things I Heard Through the Vents in My Prison Cell

Sometimes you can hear your neighbors through them, as if they're right there in the room.
Dylan Jeffrey